Monday, August 3, 2009

Marabou Storks

While staying at the Uruhu Lutheran Hostel in Moshi, Pastor Joe, Jan and I saw strange large birds in a tree on the Hostel grounds.

It turns out that they were Marubou Storks and we would see more of them during our trip. These storks were seen on the rock formations above the Mwanza road as we were driving to dinner from the Sukuma Museum.

More storks in line to take off from the rocks of Mwanza. The Marubou can reach a height of 60 in, a weight of over 20 lbs and have a wingspan of at least 10.5 ft. - it shares the distinction of having the largest wingspan of any landbird with the Andean Condor.

This stork was spotted while on safari in the Serengeti. The Marabou is unmistakable due to its size, bare head and neck, black back, and white underparts. It has a huge bill, a pink gular sack at its throat, a neck ruff, and black legs and wings. The massive bird is often claimed to be one of the ugliest creatures in the world.

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