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Marabou stork

Leptoptilos crumeniferus


Massive bird with a wingspan up to 287cm, and length (from bill to tail) of up to 130cm. It has a bare head and neck, black back, and white underparts. A huge bill, a pink gular sac at its throat, a neck ruff, and black legs and wings.


Savannah, often near water.


#4&5 were taken around an elephant carcass. The Marabou waits for the vultures who are better equipped with hooked bills to tear apart the carion meat.

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Ietermagog 11 years ago

Absolutely lovely series of pics! If taken in Kruger Park, you can join its mission at

C.Sydes 11 years ago

nice series of lovely photos, the vultures add a good idea of scale

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Interesting photowith the vulture

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Mpumalanga, South Africa

Spotted on Jan 23, 2012
Submitted on Jan 29, 2012

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