Leptoptilos crumenifer Skull Replica or Marabou Stork Skull Replica measures 14.1 inches. Marabou Stork Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw). Made in USA. Cast from California Academy of Sciences specimen.

The Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae native to sub-Saharan Africa.

Leptoptilos crumenifer or Marabou stork breeds in both wet and arid habitats, often near human habitation, especially landfill sites.

Like most storks, the Marabou is gregarious and a colonial breeder. In the African dry season (when food is more readily available as the pools shrink), it builds a tree nest in which two or three eggs are laid.

Eggs hatch after an incubation period of 30 days. Their young reach sexual maturity at 4 years of age.

Lifespan is 43 years in captivity and 25 years in wild. It is known to be quite ill-tempered.

It resembles other storks in that it is not very vocal, but indulges in bill-rattling courtship displays. The throat sac is also used to make various noises at that time.

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 a massive bird: large specimens are thought to reach a height of 4.99 feet and a weight of 20 lb. A wingspan of 12 ft. was accepted by Fisher and Peterson, who ranked the species as having the largest wing-spread of any living bird.

It is often credited with the largest spread of any landbird, to rival the Andean condor; more typically, these storks measure 7 to 9 ft. across the wings, which is about a foot less than the average Andean condor wingspan and nearly two feet less than the average of the largest albatrosses and pelicans.

Typical weight is 9.9 to17.6 lb., unusually as low as 8.8 lb., and length (from bill to tail) is 47 to 51 in. Females are smaller than males. Bill length can range from 4 to 13.8 in.

Unlike most storks, the three Leptoptilos species fly with the neck retracted like a heron.

The Leptoptilos crumenifer or Marabou stork is unmistakable due to its size, bare head and neck, black back, and white underparts. It has a huge bill, a pink gular sac at its throat, a neck ruff, white legs and black wings.

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