French: Marabout d’Afrique German: Marabu Spanish: Marabú africano
Other common names:
Tropical Africa from Senegal E to Eritrea, Ethiopia and W Somalia and S to Namibia and N & E South Africa (Northern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal).
115–152 cm; 4–8·9 kg; wingspan 225–287 cm. Males average larger. Only member of genus with dark iris. Immature has duller upperparts and more... read more
Largely silent away from roosting or breeding site, apart from bill-clattering, usually associated... read more
Frequents open dry savanna, grassland, swamps, river banks, lake shores and receding... read more
Food and feeding
The diet is catholic and opportunistic. It often includes carrion as well as scraps of fish and other food discarded by humans, which is... read more
The breeding season in the tropics normally begins in the dry season and ends in the rains. However, it is more variable in the equatorial... read more
Many sedentary, especially in urbanized districts, others locally nomadic. The more northerly and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). It is frequent, common or abundant across most of its range and is thought to be increasing overall, due to its ability to exploit... read more
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