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With a height of up to 1.52 m and a wingspan of nearly 3 m the Marabou belongs to the largest of the 19 species of stork. The birds live in large colonies and can often be seen with vultures at feeding sites. Their almost bare heads are easily to keep clean from meat and blood remains after feeding. Marabous are also welcomed for getting rid of locusts. They are able to rattle their bills in courtship displays like our storks.
|Classification||Order: wading birds, family: storks|
|Diet||Carrion, insects, fish, rats and small birds|
|Habitat||Savannahs and swamps of sub-Saharan Africa|
|Reproduction||Brooding: 29–31 days, 2–3 eggs; independent at 115 days; sexually mature at 3–5 years; maximum age: over 44 years|