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Feathers in Focus:
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer)
Many of people consider marabou stork as the ugliest bird in the world. It has bald pink head and neck, long inflatable featherless wattle hanging just below the bill, big wedge-shaped bill and massive body with dark color makes a vampire-like appearance. Marabou storks mainly live within dry South African regions. They grow up to a height of 60 inches and gain weight up to 9 kilograms.
Marabou stork is also one of the birds with the largest wingspan in the world, have a length up to 3.7 meter from tip to tip. Like vultures, marabou stork found of having carrion as their main food. Sometimes they steal carrion from vultures, also eats other birds like pigeons, pelicans, chicks, and doves.
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