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Marabou stork

Leptoptilos crumeniferus

Description:

The marabou stork is a large wading bird. Its wing span may measure up to 10.5 feet; but it has been reported, on occasion, as even larger. Its wingspan is the largest of any living land bird and rivals that of the Andean condor. It is sometimes referred to as the "undertaker bird." It is a scavenger with a bald head, like vultures. Its principal diet consists of carrion, but it will also attack and eat small prey, especially during breeding season.

Habitat:

This stork is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa with the exceptions of large areas on the west coast of the continent and throughout all but the most northern part of South Africa.

Notes:

This specimen was seen at the Rhino & Lion Park outside Johannesburg.

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Rustenburg Local Municipality, North West, South Africa

Lat: -25.57, Long: 27.46

Spotted on May 27, 2011
Submitted on Feb 17, 2014

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