KNP Marabou Stork 1

The Marabou Stork (Afrikaans name, Maraboe) is listed as Near Threatened in South Africa. It is a large bird weighing up to 6.5kgs. An uncommon resident to the Kruger National Park.

KNP maribou stork tag

We saw this Marabou Stork with a tag on him and sent it in for identification but they were not able to give us any information as to where and when it was tagged.

KNP maribou storks

Maribou Storks remind me of old men in black suits. They also have a large bulbous pendant air sac under their throat which is used in display and as a cooling mechanism.

KNP Maribou Stork fly

Although being a large bird with a huge wingspan, in flight they seem almost effortless.

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