Marabou Stork ( Leptoptilos crumeniferus, family: Ciconiidae)

Marabou Stork Kruger ParkThe Marabou Stork (Latin name Leptoptilos crumeniferus) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 89 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 626 also a picture of the Marabou Stork on page 593. The Marabou Stork belongs to the family of birds classified as Ciconiidae. According to the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology the Marabou Stork is also known by these other names: African Marabou. Click to enlarge.

The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... the green dots show the locations of the various Kruger National Park Rest Camps

marabou stork kruger national park birds The Marabou Stork is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park. It is however a common resident

In terms of distribution of the Marabou Stork in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. Marabou Stork : see above distribution map.

The Marabou Stork.

Identification assistance for this avian species ...

The height of the Marabou Stork is about 1500 cms and its weight is about 7000 gms

The male and female Marabou Stork have the same plumage and colours

  • Head is red.
  • Eye is brown.
  • Bill is pink.
  • Throat is pink.
  • Back is black, blue.
  • Legs are black.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...


Other Birds

General scavenger habits

Smaller animals

Aquatic life forms

Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Marabou Stork is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Leptoptilos crumeniferus will seek out a new mate

The nesting habit of Marabou Stork is to create the nest in branches of a tree or shrub. The bird lays eggs which are white in colour and number between 1 to 4

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for Marabou Stork are: woodlands

You can see Marabou Stork in flocks. The bird will often also be seen singly.

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Unknown

Zulu ... Unknown

Afrikaans ...Maraboe

German ... Marabu

Portuguese ... Marabu

French ... Marabout d'Afrique

Dutch ... Afrikaanse Maraboe

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For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...

Robert's 7th edition number ... 89

The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website ,