Marabou Storks (Photograph Courtesy of Broderbund Copyright 2000)

Marabou Storks (Photograph Courtesy of Broderbund Copyright 2000)

The white-legged appearance is caused by the birds defecating on their own legs. The Turkey Vulture also does this and in that case it is because the droppings are soothing and a strong antiseptic. It was originally thought the Marabou Stork did this for the same reasons, however it is now known that this helps regulate body temperature. Birds also pant when they become overheated.

Photograph Courtesy Of:

Broderbund -- (Copyright 2000)

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