August 4, 2015 – Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus or Leptoptilos crumenifer)

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These large storks are found in sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Eritrea and south to parts of South Africa. They eat carrion and live prey, such as reptiles, amphibians, rodents, and birds. Like vultures, they tend to soar in search of carcasses and gather around them with other scavengers. They can also often be found around garbage dumps, slaughterhouses, and fishing villages. Roosting and nesting colonially, they gather in large groups, sometimes including thousands of birds. During the breeding season, males select a territory and defend it against other birds, inflating their large throat pouches as a threat and courtship display. After forming a pair, they build a stick nest together in a tree or on a cliff or building. Both parents care for the chicks.