Common Name: Marabou stork
Scientific Name: Leptoptilos crumeniferus
At the zoo: Marabou storks are part of the Species Survival Program. At the moment GVZoo is acting as a bachelor holding facility. We currently have two lovely males: Niles (25y) and Frasier (26y).
Marabou Storks are found throughout sub-Saharran Africa in aquatic, arid, and semi-arid habitats, but are also found near landfills and fishing villages.
They feed on carrion, fish, reptiles, invertebrates, and insects.
Median Life Expectancy:
5 - 10 years
Conservation Status: Least Concern
The Marabou Stork averages 1.5 metres in height. Its name derives from an Arabic word meaning quiet or hermit-like. Because they eat primarily carrion, there are no feathers on their neck and head. They have a long, reddish pouch hanging from their neck which they use to make a variety of grunts, croaks, and calls, especially during courtship.
This highly adaptable bird can be found in a variety of habitats, arid or semi-arid, as long they are within flying distance of an aquatic habitat. As scavengers, marabou storks are an important part of a healthy ecosystem.
The Marabou Stork has the longest wingspan of any land bird at just over 3 meters (10 feet). The Wandering Albatross narrowly beats it for longest in the world.