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Storks Bird in Africa



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The Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae.  It breeds in Africa south of the Sahara, in both wet and arid habitats, often near human habitatio

Storks Bird in Africa Description

The Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae.  It breeds in Africa south of the Sahara, in both wet and arid habitats, often near human habitation, especially waste tips. 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”.

Behaviour

Marabou storks are attracted to grass fires. They march in front of the advancing fire grabbing animals that are fleeing. They fly in a majestic way and live mostly solitary or in small groups. Larger groups can be seen near sources of food, while migrating or during the breeding season. Like the Turkey Vulture, the Marabou Stork defecates upon its legs and feet.

Breeding

Marabous breed on the treetops, where they build large nests. Like White stork (Ciconia ciconia) they like to be near human settlements. It reaches sexual maturity when it is approximately four years old and usually mates for life. They are colonial breeders, their nests are a large, flat platform made of sticks with a shallow central cup lined with smaller sticks and green leaves. Usually 2-3 eggs are laid during the dry season. Both sexes incubate; eggs hatch in 30 days. Their young are helpless at birth. Both sexes tend and feed the young. Fledging period is 3-4 months.

 


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