Marabou stork

Marabou stork

Scientific name
marabou stork
Order
Family
עגוריים Ciconiidae
Social Structure
Solitary
Activity
Food
Omnivor
Eats carcasses but does not eat everything it encounters. The marabou eats fish, frogs, insects, eggs, small mammals, and reptiles.
Dangers
תוכנית שימור בגן
conservation status
EN
Extinct
EX
Extinct in the Wild
EW
Critically endangered
CR
Endangered
EN
Vulnerable
VU
Near Threatened
NT
least Concern
LC
Deficient Data
DD
In the Bible

Weight
KG
8
-
5
Life Expectancy
years
41
Interesting To Know

The marabou’s head and neck are smooth, so that its feathers will not get dirtied with blood while it eats a carcass. During the dry season, the marabou builds a tree nest, where it lays three eggs. The male and the female are similar in appearance, but young individuals are brown-black and have a smaller beak. Another characteristic of the marabou is the special sounds the male makes during courting season. Its special throat sack is intended for making varying sounds simultaneously.

Because of its impressive size and wingspan, the marabou is considered one of the largest species of flying birds.

Photo: Tsouriel Fenesh

Endangered status
en
Worldwide
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