The marabou is quite easy to recognize by its height, its distinctive naked head, big beak, dark wings, white breast and pink pouch.
The marabou is quite easy to recognize by its height, its distinctive naked head, big beak, dark wings, white breast and pink pouch. When the bird is resting, he hides his head between the shoulders, which gives him a quite harsh look. The marabous odd look makes him seem a bit suspicious, but in fact he has just adapted perfectly to his surroundings.
During breeding season the marabou is hunting living prey, but normally it is a scavenger. You will often see him accompanied by vultures, which can open the cadaver with their sharp beaks. The marabous beak is not that sharp, but it is quite long. His naked head and the long beak is his advantage on the savannah. He can dig his 30 cm long beak deep into the cadaver and reach the soft insides. No rotten blood or meat will stick to any feathers on its head, which is much more hygienic.
Marabous are very adaptive and can live at a lot of different places, even close to citys, where they search for food on dumping grounds.
Marabou in Ree Park Safari
"...Did you know that a marabous wing span is about 3 m wide?"
On the map you can find where the different animal feedings take place