A Face That’s Hard To Love

Marabou stork closeup (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

The Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) can’t help it, he’s ugly. His face is hard to love.

When he’s amorous, or hot, or in a bad mood he inflates his fleshy throat sac which intimidates the other storks. It’s ugly, too.

Maribou stork with throat sac inflated (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Find out more about him in this vintage article …

(photos from Wikimedia Commons; click on the captions to see the originals)

4 thoughts on “A Face That’s Hard To Love

  1. I am wondering if you know if the Painted Bunting is still in the O’ Hara backyard or when it left? Thanks and also thanks for your always wonderful blog.

    1. Betty Rowland, It could still be here. Someone went to visit it on Tues 2/25 and found it at home

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