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Marabou Stork struggling with Wildebeest organs I'm guessing many people would not take a stork to be such a carnivore, yet Marabou storks, other than not being very pretty, eat almost anything. They have bald heads for the same reason vultures do; to not mess up their feathers when deeply entering their scavenge pickings. You could call it a vulture stork for that reason. In this photo, we see it struggle with what is probably the stomach of a fallen Wildebeest. There is an interesting relationship with vultures: a Marabou stork can easily kill any type of vulture, but they won't. They depend on vultures to cut flesh and organs into smaller pieces, as the bill of the Marabou Stork is simply not suitable for cutting.  Africa,Leptoptilos crumeniferus,Marabou Stork,Serengeti National Park,Serengeti North,Serengeti area,Tanzania Click/tap to enlarge

Marabou Stork struggling with Wildebeest organs

I'm guessing many people would not take a stork to be such a carnivore, yet Marabou storks, other than not being very pretty, eat almost anything. They have bald heads for the same reason vultures do; to not mess up their feathers when deeply entering their scavenge pickings. You could call it a vulture stork for that reason. In this photo, we see it struggle with what is probably the stomach of a fallen Wildebeest. There is an interesting relationship with vultures: a Marabou stork can easily kill any type of vulture, but they won't. They depend on vultures to cut flesh and organs into smaller pieces, as the bill of the Marabou Stork is simply not suitable for cutting.

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The Marabou Stork, ''Leptoptilos crumeniferus'', is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It breeds in Africa south of the Sahara, occurring in both wet and arid habitats, often near human habitation, especially waste tips. It is sometimes called the "Undertaker Bird" due to its shape from behind: cloak-like wings and back, skinny white legs, and sometimes a large white mass of "hair."

Similar species: Storks And Spoonbills
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Mar 3, 2014. Captured Sep 5, 2013 11:56.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/6.3
  • 1/500s
  • ISO500
  • 330mm