The name ‘marabou’ refers to ‘quiet’ in Arabic, and the word ‘crumenifer’ in the Latin name refers to the bird’s (pink) gular sac, or ‘carrying a pouch for money’.

The stork uses the pouch to show dominance.

eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'africafreak_com-large-leaderboard-2','ezslot_14',180,'0','0']));Feeding on carrion and scraps seems like a horrific trait but this dietary inclination for dead matter helps the ecosystem in a number of ways. How you may ask? They prefer to inhabit open dry savannah, grasslands, swamps, riverbanks, lake shores, and receding pools where fish are concentrated. Males are generally slightly larger and taller than females and males can also be identified by their larger air sacs. The large pouch hanging from the stork’s neck isn’t just decorative.

In typical stork style, the marabou’s long legs trail behind in flight. This is a large, unusual looking bird thanks to its long-legs, long-neck and bare throat sac. Even their white legs are such a shade because they’re known for excreting all over themselves. However, they occasionally eat other birds including pigeons, doves, pelican and cormorant chicks, and even flamingos. The liquid feces activates evaporative cooling and assists the regulation of internal body temperature. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The marabou sticks its head into rotting carcasses which are ripe with bacteria. In addition, clearing away the dead and decaying matter is crucial for preventing the spread of pathogens.

Overall, currently, Marabou storks are classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List and their numbers today are increasing.

And how can they be saved?

Marabous build a small nest in a tree made of sticks and line it with twigs and green leaves.

The clacks and croaks, and every other sound that the giant stork makes, is a result of vibrations in their noses and gular sacs.

It is sometimes called the "undertaker bird" due to its shape from behind: cloak-like wings and back, skinny white legs, and sometimes a large white mass of "hair".

Let’s dig slightly deeper as despite its revolting looks, the Marabou stork is not all trash and faeces. But it is an elegant sight when it takes flight. It connects directly to the left nostril and acts as a resonator allowing the bird to produce a guttural croaking. But won’t say no to pigeons, doves, and queleas. Marabou storks are not endangered at present; however, in Nigeria, these birds are frequently hunted and used in trade at traditional medicine markets. The birds do this as a method to keep cool in the hot African climates.

After all the talk of scavenging carrion and excreting on itself, it’ll be hard to believe that the marabou feathers have a stake in fashion. If you look closely it may seem as if their heads are rotting. The most common noise is something known as bill-rattling. The reality of the Marabou stork is anything but that.

The storks are vocal only during courtship or when they feel threatened. Check out 10 awesome marabou stork facts. Marabou feathers are also used in fly fishing.

CITES: Not listed Kenya’s South Rift Valley & Shompole Conservancy, Sabi Sabi Wildlife Photography Workshop 2021, Ethiopia – Wildlife and Indigenous Culture, Mana Pools and Hwange Safari with Kanga Camp, Red Pandas and Rhino’s of India and Nepal. Enter your email for your weekly dose of ‘wild Africa’ directly to your inbox. So much so that the Marabou stork has been voted the ugliest bird on Earth and given its poop-covered legs and scabby head, that title might be considered generous. This is a large, unusual looking bird thanks to its long-legs, long-neck and bare throat sac. The pouch is a disturbing 18 inches long and connects to the left nostril, allowing the bird to make a guttural, croaking noise to woo potential mates. In both cases, a feathered head would become rapidly clotted with blood and other substances when the bird's head was inside a large corpse, and the bare head is easier to keep clean.

The naked 18-inch inflatable pink sac is particularly conspicuous during the breeding season. Their diet consists mostly of carrion (decaying flesh), fish, termites, locusts, frogs, lizards, baby crocodiles, snakes, rats, mice, and birds.

Why are Grevy’s zebras endangered?

In fact, they don’t even have voice boxes.

The Marabou stork is a large scavenger that is found in Africa, often near human habitation, especially landfill sites. This is not just a gross habit, but a scientific process called urohidrosis practiced by many birds. During the breeding season, adult marabous take mostly small, live prey since nestlings need this kind of food to survive. According to the Environmental Information Service Namibia research, the total population size of the Marabou stork is around 100,000-300,000 individuals. Common prey at this time may consist of fish, frogs, insects, eggs, small mammals, and reptiles such as crocodile hatchlings and eggs, and lizards and snakes. Posted by Editorial Team | Interests, Safari, Wildlife | 0. In fact, their head is bald to prevent infections. The storks can swallow an astounding 2lbs of meat in a single swallow! The population appears to be increasing and is not severely fragmented.

The bees use the leftover skeleton and scraps as food and shelter within which to lay their eggs. Their disgusting habits play an integral part in Africa’s ecosystem by aiding in reducing the spread of diseases. Yes? African storks have stark white legs, which is not its natural complexion. In nature, commensalism is the result of one organism benefiting and another organism neither being benefited or harmed as the result of a relationship. This also allows weaker scavengers to make a meal out of the carcass. Think about this next one, sticking one’s head into a carcass isn’t the most hygienic thing in the world, so the Marabou stork developed bare heads to prevent blistering and infections. It is a smart scavenger, creating advantageous and harmonious relationships with other birds and insects. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Marabou storks breed. However, they usually stick low to the ground as their main function for flying is to seek out a meal to scavenge.

It doesn’t stop there. Marabou Stork on The IUCN Red List site -, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marabou_stork, https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22697716/93633034. Immature birds have a woolly covering on their heads and do not gain the black in their plumage until about three-years-old.

The bird may not be colorful and vibrant with a beautiful song. Storks in general usually conjure up adorable images of white-feathered birds delivering bundles of joy. © 2020 Africa Freak | All Rights Reserved. With an impressive wingspan between 7 to 9 feet. The nickname given to this bird – “Undertaker Bird” – was given to it due to its colouration. These birds are also frequent visitors to landfills and fishing villages.

To cool down during the midday heat Marabou storks defecate on their legs; that’s why its legs appear white color.

A carnivore, the marabou stork thrives on meat. There is no sugarcoating it.

Marabous eating human garbage have been seen to devour virtually anything that they can swallow, including even shoes and pieces of metal. Marabou storks are social birds and often gather in groups near lakes or rivers. When prey touches the bill it snaps shut and the bird swallows its catch. Although it doesn’t seem to be very sympathetic in human eyes, this behaviour is of great importance to the ecosystem they inhabit by removing carcasses and rotting material. The 18-inch gular sac is a distinctive, and a rather unattractive feature of the marabou stork. Marabous can help to avoid the spreading of pathogens. The marabou stork and bee relationship is beautiful in its simplicity and effectiveness. By four-years the full plumage will have grown in and then the youngsters leave their parents to look for mates of their own. This pouch on their throat is not used for food storage but used during courtship. I’ve even had guests on safari tell me that you will never be able to capture a beautiful image of this bird but I do have one piece of advice. If you thought your friend who doesn’t wash her hands after using the restroom was gross, wait until you hear about the Marabou stork’s bathroom habits. But there is so much more to the bird than what meets the eye. The largest flying stork is a graceful flier, its body perfectly adapted to reaching great heights. Marabou storks are attracted by grass fires; they walk in front of the advancing fire and catch insects or small vertebrates that are fleeing from flames. The pouch also aids in thermoregulation, helping to maintain body temperature. These birds have been known to feed on adult flamingoes.

Bees use what is left behind of the carcasses as food and as shelter to lay their eggs. Marabou storks may be a bit of an eye-sore, but even their ugliness has a function.

They breed in colonies, starting during the dry season when food is more readily available as the pools shrink. Hats and shoes since the 18th-century have trimmings and adornments made with marabou down feathers. They are not fussy about their habitats.

When feeding on carrion, marabous may wait for the vultures to cast aside a piece, steal a piece of meat directly from the vulture or wait until the vultures are done. They are generally silent but may sometimes make grunts, croak with their throat sac or rattle their bills. They live in both wet and arid habitats and can be found in open dry savannas, grasslands, riverbanks, lakeshores, and swamps. It is a relatively silent bird and does not sweetly sing, nor does it have unique calls. All of these unattractive features have boosted the stork into the unfortunate first place as the ugliest bird. Increasingly, marabous have become dependent on human garbage and hundreds of these huge birds are seen around African dumps or waiting for a hand out in urban areas. The male and the female are alike, but the young bird is browner and has a smaller bill. At hatching, the chicks are fed by both parents and fledge between 13 and 15 weeks of age.

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The name ‘marabou’ refers to ‘quiet’ in Arabic, and the word ‘crumenifer’ in the Latin name refers to the bird’s (pink) gular sac, or ‘carrying a pouch for money’.

The stork uses the pouch to show dominance.

eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'africafreak_com-large-leaderboard-2','ezslot_14',180,'0','0']));Feeding on carrion and scraps seems like a horrific trait but this dietary inclination for dead matter helps the ecosystem in a number of ways. How you may ask? They prefer to inhabit open dry savannah, grasslands, swamps, riverbanks, lake shores, and receding pools where fish are concentrated. Males are generally slightly larger and taller than females and males can also be identified by their larger air sacs. The large pouch hanging from the stork’s neck isn’t just decorative.

In typical stork style, the marabou’s long legs trail behind in flight. This is a large, unusual looking bird thanks to its long-legs, long-neck and bare throat sac. Even their white legs are such a shade because they’re known for excreting all over themselves. However, they occasionally eat other birds including pigeons, doves, pelican and cormorant chicks, and even flamingos. The liquid feces activates evaporative cooling and assists the regulation of internal body temperature. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The marabou sticks its head into rotting carcasses which are ripe with bacteria. In addition, clearing away the dead and decaying matter is crucial for preventing the spread of pathogens.

Overall, currently, Marabou storks are classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List and their numbers today are increasing.

And how can they be saved?

Marabous build a small nest in a tree made of sticks and line it with twigs and green leaves.

The clacks and croaks, and every other sound that the giant stork makes, is a result of vibrations in their noses and gular sacs.

It is sometimes called the "undertaker bird" due to its shape from behind: cloak-like wings and back, skinny white legs, and sometimes a large white mass of "hair".

Let’s dig slightly deeper as despite its revolting looks, the Marabou stork is not all trash and faeces. But it is an elegant sight when it takes flight. It connects directly to the left nostril and acts as a resonator allowing the bird to produce a guttural croaking. But won’t say no to pigeons, doves, and queleas. Marabou storks are not endangered at present; however, in Nigeria, these birds are frequently hunted and used in trade at traditional medicine markets. The birds do this as a method to keep cool in the hot African climates.

After all the talk of scavenging carrion and excreting on itself, it’ll be hard to believe that the marabou feathers have a stake in fashion. If you look closely it may seem as if their heads are rotting. The most common noise is something known as bill-rattling. The reality of the Marabou stork is anything but that.

The storks are vocal only during courtship or when they feel threatened. Check out 10 awesome marabou stork facts. Marabou feathers are also used in fly fishing.

CITES: Not listed Kenya’s South Rift Valley & Shompole Conservancy, Sabi Sabi Wildlife Photography Workshop 2021, Ethiopia – Wildlife and Indigenous Culture, Mana Pools and Hwange Safari with Kanga Camp, Red Pandas and Rhino’s of India and Nepal. Enter your email for your weekly dose of ‘wild Africa’ directly to your inbox. So much so that the Marabou stork has been voted the ugliest bird on Earth and given its poop-covered legs and scabby head, that title might be considered generous. This is a large, unusual looking bird thanks to its long-legs, long-neck and bare throat sac. The pouch is a disturbing 18 inches long and connects to the left nostril, allowing the bird to make a guttural, croaking noise to woo potential mates. In both cases, a feathered head would become rapidly clotted with blood and other substances when the bird's head was inside a large corpse, and the bare head is easier to keep clean.

The naked 18-inch inflatable pink sac is particularly conspicuous during the breeding season. Their diet consists mostly of carrion (decaying flesh), fish, termites, locusts, frogs, lizards, baby crocodiles, snakes, rats, mice, and birds.

Why are Grevy’s zebras endangered?

In fact, they don’t even have voice boxes.

The Marabou stork is a large scavenger that is found in Africa, often near human habitation, especially landfill sites. This is not just a gross habit, but a scientific process called urohidrosis practiced by many birds. During the breeding season, adult marabous take mostly small, live prey since nestlings need this kind of food to survive. According to the Environmental Information Service Namibia research, the total population size of the Marabou stork is around 100,000-300,000 individuals. Common prey at this time may consist of fish, frogs, insects, eggs, small mammals, and reptiles such as crocodile hatchlings and eggs, and lizards and snakes. Posted by Editorial Team | Interests, Safari, Wildlife | 0. In fact, their head is bald to prevent infections. The storks can swallow an astounding 2lbs of meat in a single swallow! The population appears to be increasing and is not severely fragmented.

The bees use the leftover skeleton and scraps as food and shelter within which to lay their eggs. Their disgusting habits play an integral part in Africa’s ecosystem by aiding in reducing the spread of diseases. Yes? African storks have stark white legs, which is not its natural complexion. In nature, commensalism is the result of one organism benefiting and another organism neither being benefited or harmed as the result of a relationship. This also allows weaker scavengers to make a meal out of the carcass. Think about this next one, sticking one’s head into a carcass isn’t the most hygienic thing in the world, so the Marabou stork developed bare heads to prevent blistering and infections. It is a smart scavenger, creating advantageous and harmonious relationships with other birds and insects. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Marabou storks breed. However, they usually stick low to the ground as their main function for flying is to seek out a meal to scavenge.

It doesn’t stop there. Marabou Stork on The IUCN Red List site -, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marabou_stork, https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22697716/93633034. Immature birds have a woolly covering on their heads and do not gain the black in their plumage until about three-years-old.

The bird may not be colorful and vibrant with a beautiful song. Storks in general usually conjure up adorable images of white-feathered birds delivering bundles of joy. © 2020 Africa Freak | All Rights Reserved. With an impressive wingspan between 7 to 9 feet. The nickname given to this bird – “Undertaker Bird” – was given to it due to its colouration. These birds are also frequent visitors to landfills and fishing villages.

To cool down during the midday heat Marabou storks defecate on their legs; that’s why its legs appear white color.

A carnivore, the marabou stork thrives on meat. There is no sugarcoating it.

Marabous eating human garbage have been seen to devour virtually anything that they can swallow, including even shoes and pieces of metal. Marabou storks are social birds and often gather in groups near lakes or rivers. When prey touches the bill it snaps shut and the bird swallows its catch. Although it doesn’t seem to be very sympathetic in human eyes, this behaviour is of great importance to the ecosystem they inhabit by removing carcasses and rotting material. The 18-inch gular sac is a distinctive, and a rather unattractive feature of the marabou stork. Marabous can help to avoid the spreading of pathogens. The marabou stork and bee relationship is beautiful in its simplicity and effectiveness. By four-years the full plumage will have grown in and then the youngsters leave their parents to look for mates of their own. This pouch on their throat is not used for food storage but used during courtship. I’ve even had guests on safari tell me that you will never be able to capture a beautiful image of this bird but I do have one piece of advice. If you thought your friend who doesn’t wash her hands after using the restroom was gross, wait until you hear about the Marabou stork’s bathroom habits. But there is so much more to the bird than what meets the eye. The largest flying stork is a graceful flier, its body perfectly adapted to reaching great heights. Marabou storks are attracted by grass fires; they walk in front of the advancing fire and catch insects or small vertebrates that are fleeing from flames. The pouch also aids in thermoregulation, helping to maintain body temperature. These birds have been known to feed on adult flamingoes.

Bees use what is left behind of the carcasses as food and as shelter to lay their eggs. Marabou storks may be a bit of an eye-sore, but even their ugliness has a function.

They breed in colonies, starting during the dry season when food is more readily available as the pools shrink. Hats and shoes since the 18th-century have trimmings and adornments made with marabou down feathers. They are not fussy about their habitats.

When feeding on carrion, marabous may wait for the vultures to cast aside a piece, steal a piece of meat directly from the vulture or wait until the vultures are done. They are generally silent but may sometimes make grunts, croak with their throat sac or rattle their bills. They live in both wet and arid habitats and can be found in open dry savannas, grasslands, riverbanks, lakeshores, and swamps. It is a relatively silent bird and does not sweetly sing, nor does it have unique calls. All of these unattractive features have boosted the stork into the unfortunate first place as the ugliest bird. Increasingly, marabous have become dependent on human garbage and hundreds of these huge birds are seen around African dumps or waiting for a hand out in urban areas. The male and the female are alike, but the young bird is browner and has a smaller bill. At hatching, the chicks are fed by both parents and fledge between 13 and 15 weeks of age.

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Being the unusual animal it is, there are reports of storks making many strange sounds to display dominance or defense. The gular sac is a resonator that produces a loud cracking sound during social displays. Marabou birds are friends of the ecosystem in more than one way. The male and the female are alike, but the young bird is browner and has a smaller bill. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this blog, I trust you learnt a little more about this odd looking bird and hopefully also changed your perspective around it. They kill, steal, and scavenge to find the 1.6lbs of food that they require per day. In fact, even inanimate objects are acceptable. Inhabiting diverse landscapes from dry savannas to swamps and lakeshores.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'africafreak_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_9',146,'0','0'])); The African storks may be one of the ugliest animals in Africa, but they are fascinating creatures and crucial to the environment. It uses its strong bill to rip apart and eat the carcass.

This large African bird, nicknamed the “Undertaker Bird”, is not the most eye pleasing creature and is actually a garbage-eating, pooping-all-over-itself living nightmare kind of a bird. The marabou is unmistakable due to its size, bare head and neck, huge bill, a pink gular sac at its throat (crumenifer(us) - means "carrier of a pouch for money"), and a neck ruff. The African Marabou stork has a wing span of 2,6 metres (one of the longest wingspans in the world) and a height of 1,5 metres. We're all about safari and celebrating wild Africa. The 18-inch gular sac is a distinctive, and a rather unattractive feature of the marabou stork. They have hollow leg and toe bones. Before you write off the giant African stork, book a safari to see them in action.

The name ‘marabou’ refers to ‘quiet’ in Arabic, and the word ‘crumenifer’ in the Latin name refers to the bird’s (pink) gular sac, or ‘carrying a pouch for money’.

The stork uses the pouch to show dominance.

eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'africafreak_com-large-leaderboard-2','ezslot_14',180,'0','0']));Feeding on carrion and scraps seems like a horrific trait but this dietary inclination for dead matter helps the ecosystem in a number of ways. How you may ask? They prefer to inhabit open dry savannah, grasslands, swamps, riverbanks, lake shores, and receding pools where fish are concentrated. Males are generally slightly larger and taller than females and males can also be identified by their larger air sacs. The large pouch hanging from the stork’s neck isn’t just decorative.

In typical stork style, the marabou’s long legs trail behind in flight. This is a large, unusual looking bird thanks to its long-legs, long-neck and bare throat sac. Even their white legs are such a shade because they’re known for excreting all over themselves. However, they occasionally eat other birds including pigeons, doves, pelican and cormorant chicks, and even flamingos. The liquid feces activates evaporative cooling and assists the regulation of internal body temperature. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The marabou sticks its head into rotting carcasses which are ripe with bacteria. In addition, clearing away the dead and decaying matter is crucial for preventing the spread of pathogens.

Overall, currently, Marabou storks are classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List and their numbers today are increasing.

And how can they be saved?

Marabous build a small nest in a tree made of sticks and line it with twigs and green leaves.

The clacks and croaks, and every other sound that the giant stork makes, is a result of vibrations in their noses and gular sacs.

It is sometimes called the "undertaker bird" due to its shape from behind: cloak-like wings and back, skinny white legs, and sometimes a large white mass of "hair".

Let’s dig slightly deeper as despite its revolting looks, the Marabou stork is not all trash and faeces. But it is an elegant sight when it takes flight. It connects directly to the left nostril and acts as a resonator allowing the bird to produce a guttural croaking. But won’t say no to pigeons, doves, and queleas. Marabou storks are not endangered at present; however, in Nigeria, these birds are frequently hunted and used in trade at traditional medicine markets. The birds do this as a method to keep cool in the hot African climates.

After all the talk of scavenging carrion and excreting on itself, it’ll be hard to believe that the marabou feathers have a stake in fashion. If you look closely it may seem as if their heads are rotting. The most common noise is something known as bill-rattling. The reality of the Marabou stork is anything but that.

The storks are vocal only during courtship or when they feel threatened. Check out 10 awesome marabou stork facts. Marabou feathers are also used in fly fishing.

CITES: Not listed Kenya’s South Rift Valley & Shompole Conservancy, Sabi Sabi Wildlife Photography Workshop 2021, Ethiopia – Wildlife and Indigenous Culture, Mana Pools and Hwange Safari with Kanga Camp, Red Pandas and Rhino’s of India and Nepal. Enter your email for your weekly dose of ‘wild Africa’ directly to your inbox. So much so that the Marabou stork has been voted the ugliest bird on Earth and given its poop-covered legs and scabby head, that title might be considered generous. This is a large, unusual looking bird thanks to its long-legs, long-neck and bare throat sac. The pouch is a disturbing 18 inches long and connects to the left nostril, allowing the bird to make a guttural, croaking noise to woo potential mates. In both cases, a feathered head would become rapidly clotted with blood and other substances when the bird's head was inside a large corpse, and the bare head is easier to keep clean.

The naked 18-inch inflatable pink sac is particularly conspicuous during the breeding season. Their diet consists mostly of carrion (decaying flesh), fish, termites, locusts, frogs, lizards, baby crocodiles, snakes, rats, mice, and birds.

Why are Grevy’s zebras endangered?

In fact, they don’t even have voice boxes.

The Marabou stork is a large scavenger that is found in Africa, often near human habitation, especially landfill sites. This is not just a gross habit, but a scientific process called urohidrosis practiced by many birds. During the breeding season, adult marabous take mostly small, live prey since nestlings need this kind of food to survive. According to the Environmental Information Service Namibia research, the total population size of the Marabou stork is around 100,000-300,000 individuals. Common prey at this time may consist of fish, frogs, insects, eggs, small mammals, and reptiles such as crocodile hatchlings and eggs, and lizards and snakes. Posted by Editorial Team | Interests, Safari, Wildlife | 0. In fact, their head is bald to prevent infections. The storks can swallow an astounding 2lbs of meat in a single swallow! The population appears to be increasing and is not severely fragmented.

The bees use the leftover skeleton and scraps as food and shelter within which to lay their eggs. Their disgusting habits play an integral part in Africa’s ecosystem by aiding in reducing the spread of diseases. Yes? African storks have stark white legs, which is not its natural complexion. In nature, commensalism is the result of one organism benefiting and another organism neither being benefited or harmed as the result of a relationship. This also allows weaker scavengers to make a meal out of the carcass. Think about this next one, sticking one’s head into a carcass isn’t the most hygienic thing in the world, so the Marabou stork developed bare heads to prevent blistering and infections. It is a smart scavenger, creating advantageous and harmonious relationships with other birds and insects. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Marabou storks breed. However, they usually stick low to the ground as their main function for flying is to seek out a meal to scavenge.

It doesn’t stop there. Marabou Stork on The IUCN Red List site -, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marabou_stork, https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22697716/93633034. Immature birds have a woolly covering on their heads and do not gain the black in their plumage until about three-years-old.

The bird may not be colorful and vibrant with a beautiful song. Storks in general usually conjure up adorable images of white-feathered birds delivering bundles of joy. © 2020 Africa Freak | All Rights Reserved. With an impressive wingspan between 7 to 9 feet. The nickname given to this bird – “Undertaker Bird” – was given to it due to its colouration. These birds are also frequent visitors to landfills and fishing villages.

To cool down during the midday heat Marabou storks defecate on their legs; that’s why its legs appear white color.

A carnivore, the marabou stork thrives on meat. There is no sugarcoating it.

Marabous eating human garbage have been seen to devour virtually anything that they can swallow, including even shoes and pieces of metal. Marabou storks are social birds and often gather in groups near lakes or rivers. When prey touches the bill it snaps shut and the bird swallows its catch. Although it doesn’t seem to be very sympathetic in human eyes, this behaviour is of great importance to the ecosystem they inhabit by removing carcasses and rotting material. The 18-inch gular sac is a distinctive, and a rather unattractive feature of the marabou stork. Marabous can help to avoid the spreading of pathogens. The marabou stork and bee relationship is beautiful in its simplicity and effectiveness. By four-years the full plumage will have grown in and then the youngsters leave their parents to look for mates of their own. This pouch on their throat is not used for food storage but used during courtship. I’ve even had guests on safari tell me that you will never be able to capture a beautiful image of this bird but I do have one piece of advice. If you thought your friend who doesn’t wash her hands after using the restroom was gross, wait until you hear about the Marabou stork’s bathroom habits. But there is so much more to the bird than what meets the eye. The largest flying stork is a graceful flier, its body perfectly adapted to reaching great heights. Marabou storks are attracted by grass fires; they walk in front of the advancing fire and catch insects or small vertebrates that are fleeing from flames. The pouch also aids in thermoregulation, helping to maintain body temperature. These birds have been known to feed on adult flamingoes.

Bees use what is left behind of the carcasses as food and as shelter to lay their eggs. Marabou storks may be a bit of an eye-sore, but even their ugliness has a function.

They breed in colonies, starting during the dry season when food is more readily available as the pools shrink. Hats and shoes since the 18th-century have trimmings and adornments made with marabou down feathers. They are not fussy about their habitats.

When feeding on carrion, marabous may wait for the vultures to cast aside a piece, steal a piece of meat directly from the vulture or wait until the vultures are done. They are generally silent but may sometimes make grunts, croak with their throat sac or rattle their bills. They live in both wet and arid habitats and can be found in open dry savannas, grasslands, riverbanks, lakeshores, and swamps. It is a relatively silent bird and does not sweetly sing, nor does it have unique calls. All of these unattractive features have boosted the stork into the unfortunate first place as the ugliest bird. Increasingly, marabous have become dependent on human garbage and hundreds of these huge birds are seen around African dumps or waiting for a hand out in urban areas. The male and the female are alike, but the young bird is browner and has a smaller bill. At hatching, the chicks are fed by both parents and fledge between 13 and 15 weeks of age.

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