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Marabou stork in Masai Mara National Reserve. Javier Yanes/
Marabou stork
'Leptoptilus crumeniferus'
Swahili: Korongo Mfuko-shingo

Best parks to see it: Widespread, even at city parks

Absolutely unmistakable for its burnt-out-resembling face. A widespread and gregarious scavenger. In occasions roosts in colonies on trees. It is attracted to human habitations and dumps, and is usually found along with vultures sharing a carcass. It also catches small vertebrates. Despite its ugly aspect on the ground, its flight is elegant and delicate. The legs are black, though they can appear white due to the bird's excrement.
Marabou stork in Masai Mara National Reserve. J.Y./


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