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Marabous Matatu Tree
Photo Credit: Norma Troiano
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.”
The Marabou Stork is sometimes considered as the largest wingspan bird with a reported wingspan of about 13.3 feet (4.06 meter). When relying on the verified facts the Marabou Stork can be regarded as second in the list of birds with longest wingspan (the Marabou Stork bird with largest wingspan ever verified was not more than 10.5 feet or 3.19 meter). In addition, it can have the credit of the land bird with the largest wingspan alongside the Andean Condor.
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