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Marabou Stork

Liz Bonnin presents the gaunt undertaker looking marabou stalk in Africa.

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Liz Bonnin presents the gaunt undertaker looking marabou stalk in Africa. It is not very scientific to describe a bird as ugly, but the marabou stalk would not win any prizes for beauty or elegance. This bulky stork, with a funereal air, has a fleshy inflatable sac under its throat which conspicuously wobbles as it probes African rubbish dumps for carrion. Seemingly more at home amongst the melee of vultures and jackals squabbling over a carcass, it is known in some areas as the undertaker bird. But, in the air the marabou stork is an elegant sight. It has one of the largest wingspans of any bird, up to 3 metres across. Soaring effortlessly on these broad wings the storks scan the sub-Saharan landscape for food. Marabou storks are doing well, thanks to our throwaway society and they've learned to connect people with rubbish - a salutary association one might say.

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Wed 28 Oct 2015 05:58

Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)

Webpage image courtesy of David Tipling / naturepl.com.

NPL Ref 01272479 © David Tipling / naturepl.com

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