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Marabou Stork

Leptoptilos crumeniferus

Ciconiiformes - Ciconiidae - Storks & Jabirus

Marabou Stork - Chick

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Marabou Stork - Chick

Distribution: Tropical Africa

Habitat: Open dry savanna, grasslands, swamps, river banks, lake shores - rare in forest or desert.

Diet: Carrion and scraps of fish and other food discarded by humans; also fisn, locust, termites, reptiles, amphibians, small rodents and birds.

Breeding: Colonies of 20-60 pairs; often mixed with other species. Nest in trees, 10-30m off ground. Stick nest, 1m wide by 30cm deep, lined with twigs and green leaves.

Clutch size: 2-3 eggs

Incubation: 29-31 days

Fledge age: 95-115 days

Maturity: After 4 years


Protocol from San Diego Zoo

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Protocol established 2008
Used on 1 individuals
Success rate 100.00%


Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success 
Used by 2 or more institutions 
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs 
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points

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Breeding the Marabou stork Leptoptilos crurneniferus: at the Zoological Center Tel Aviv and Noorder Zoo, Emmen. AMELIA TERKEL. International Zoo Yearbook. Vol 33. Pages 55-62.

Del Hoya, J., Elliott, A. & Sargatal, J. eds. (1992). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol1. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Reproduction of the Marabou stork Leptoptilos crumeniferus: at Jacksonville Zoological Park.SANDY PECK. International Zoo Yearbook. Vol 33. Pages 63-66

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