The Marabou Stork is one of those birds that might not win any beauty contests but is absolutely fascinating in terms of behavior, adaptation, and sheer size. With the largest wingspan tied with the Andean Condor, reaching an impressive 10.5 feet, it's a sight that can... Read more »
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.