You would think that the marabou is related to the stork, but this bird acts more like a vulture. Marabous are scavengers. They float high in the air in search of food. With their strong beak they pull meat from carcasses. That is also the reason that they have no feathers on their heads and necks. They would only get dirty and get in the way. The name marabou comes from an Arabic word that means “calm” or “hermit”: quite strange, because it mainly lives in large colonies.