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The relation between Marabou Storks and Vultures, Serengeti This photo shows the relationship between Marabou Storks and vultures. At a first glance, judged by size and strength, these Marabou Storks could easily chase away or kill the vultures. The only reason why they won't is that vultures have the tools to cut prey into small pieces, whereas the bill of the Marabou Stork is useless for cutting. Thus, as you can see, the storks are patiently waiting for the vultures to produce snack-size bites. Only then will they strike. Africa,Leptoptilos crumeniferus,Marabou Stork,Serengeti National Park,Serengeti North,Serengeti area,Tanzania Click/tap to enlarge

The relation between Marabou Storks and Vultures, Serengeti

This photo shows the relationship between Marabou Storks and vultures. At a first glance, judged by size and strength, these Marabou Storks could easily chase away or kill the vultures. The only reason why they won't is that vultures have the tools to cut prey into small pieces, whereas the bill of the Marabou Stork is useless for cutting. Thus, as you can see, the storks are patiently waiting for the vultures to produce snack-size bites. Only then will they strike.

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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
  • 290mm