Marabou Stork

Marabou stork at Paignton Zoo, Devon

Class: Birds
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ciconiidae
You can spot our pair of marabou storks in their aviary next to the main lake and howler monkeys.

Marabou storks live in grassy plains, swampy areas, rivers with sandbanks and shores of lakes, across central and southern Africa.

These sizeable birds are scavengers and feed mainly on carrion in the wild, but also eat frogs, fish, insects and eggs.


Marabou storks are not endangered at present but do face threats of habitat loss and hunting for traditional medicine.