Marabou Stork

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 16 December 2008
Scientific Name
Leptoptilos crumeniferus
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ciconiidae
  • Leptoptilos
  • L. crumeniferus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 27 September 2018)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
43 to 60 inches
89 to 126 inches
160 to 288 ounces

Range

International Names

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