Distribution

Nonbreeding Adi ilt

Plumage Scxcs ul|kc

Migration [slon-migrant

Family CICONHDAK

Species /sfl/ofl/i/os crumeniferus Len«th 59 in (150 cm)

Plumage Scxcs ul|kc

Migration [slon-migrant

Marabou Stork

A large, scavenging stork, this species lives in grassland and marshes, sometimes near human habitation. It feeds on animal carcasses of all sizes, sometimes competing with vultures, and also searches garbage dumps. Live prey is often taken, including insects, fish rats, and small birds. Flamingo colonics are raided for eggs, young, and even adult birds. The Marabou's bald head enables it to eat messy foods such as carrion with minimal fouling of the feathers. Attached to the bare neck is a dangling, inflatable wattle, used in various forms of display behavior. The Marabou Hies heavily on slowly beating wings, also soaring to considerable heights on rising air currents. It roosts in flocks and nests in large colonies. Courtship behavior includes a ritual slow raising and lowering of the head, with a variety of mooing, grunting, and whistling calls. • NEST A large mass of sticks with a hollow at the center, which is lined with smaller twigs and green leaves. The nest is situated in a colony in a tree or on a cliff.

• Distribution Much of Africa south of the Sahara.

large, broat! icings for soaring flight white edges of secondary feathers massive.

Nonbreeding Adi ilt

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