THE MARABOU STORK - Leptoptilos crumeniferus

Magriet Meintjes

TOLWE, South Africa

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LOCATION CAPTURED: “KRUGER NATIONAL PARK” SOUTH AFRICA close to Letaba Camp.
Uncommon to locally common visitor and resident.
A Huge, bare-headed, bare-necked stork with a distensible fleshy pouch pn the lower foreneck.
Unlike other storks flies with the neck tucked in.
Immature has a woolly covering to the head.
Generally in groups of a few birds, sometimes larger flocks, frequently associating with vultures at animal carcasses and refuse dumps.
Mostly found in wildlife sanctuaries where many congregate as kills around camps.
Groups aslo gather on river sandbanks to bathe and rest.


Sometimes soars to gtreat heights. Otherwise spends much time standing inactive or perched.

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