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Marabou Stork

Maroon-bellied Parakeet
Many-colored Rush Tyrant

About the Marabou Stork

Also known as: Undertaker Bird, Marabou

The Marabou Stork is a large wading bird that breeds in Africa south of the Sahara. It has a huge wingspan of 10.5 feet, sharing the record of largest wingspan with the Andean Condor!

It has a nearly bald head and two inflatable air sacs - one on the upper back and another under the neck - that they inflate to defend their territory and repel intruders.

Marabou Storks adjust well to human activity and stork numbers have actually increased in some populated areas. They do well in both dry and wet habitats and can even be found living near landfills.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 December 2008
Scientific Name Leptoptilos crumeniferus
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ciconiidae
  • Leptoptilos
  • L. crumeniferus
Birdorable Family Egrets & Other Waders
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 26 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
43 to 60 inches
89 to 126 inches
160 to 288 ounces
Range West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa

International Names

  • 非洲秃鹳 (Chinese)
  • Marabu Africký (Czech)
  • Marabu (Danish)
  • Afrikaanse Maraboe (Dutch)
  • Afrikanmarabu (Finnish)
  • Marabout d'Afrique (French)
  • Marabu (German)
  • Marabù Africano (Italian)
  • アフリカハゲコウ (Afurikahagekou) (Japanese)
  • Marabustork (Norwegian)
  • Marabut Afrykański (Polish)
  • Marabu-africano (Portuguese)
  • Марабу африканский (Russian)
  • Marabú (Spanish)
  • Marabustork (Swedish)

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