Leptoptilos robustus Meijer & Due, 2010



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene



Flores, Indonesia


All known material of L. robustus has come from Liang Bua limestone cave so far (Meijer & Due, 2010; Meijer et al., 2013, 2022).


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Meijer, Hanneke J. M. and Due, R. A. (2010). A new species of giant marabou stork (Aves: Ciconiiformes) from the Pleistocene of Liang Bua, Flores (Indonesia). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 160: 707-724. [Abstract]


Other references:

Meijer, Hanneke J. M. et al. (2013). Late Pleistocene-Holocene non-passerine avifauna of Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33(4): 877-894. [Abstract]

Meijer, Hanneke J. M. et al. (2015). Continental-style avian extinctions on an oceanic island. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 429: 163-170. [Abstract]

Meijer, Hanneke J. M. et al. (2022). More bones of Leptoptilos robustus from Flores reveal new insights into giant marabou stork paleobiology and biogeography. R. Soc. Open Sci.9: 220435.

Sutikna, Thomas et al. (2018). The spatio-temporal distribution of archaeological and faunal finds at Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia) in light of the revised chronology for Homo floresiensis. Journal of Human Evolution 124: 52-74.


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