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Saddle-billed Stork

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Male (brown eye)Photo by TwoBoyKruger National Park, South Africa, October 2004
Male (brown eye)
Photo by TwoBoy
Kruger National Park, South Africa, October 2004
Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis


[edit] Identification

150 cm high. The male is larger and heavier than the female

  • Iridescent black head, neck, back, wings, and tail
  • White body and primaries
  • Red bill
    • Very large
    • Black band
    • Yellow frontal shield (the “saddle”)
  • Black legs and feet
  • Pink "knees"

Sexes similar
Female has a yellow iris
Male iris is brown, small yellow wattles at base of bill
Juveniles: brownish-grey plumage

[edit] Distribution

Female (yellow eye)Photo by Patrick CloetePunda Maria, Kruger National Park, South Africa December 2005
Female (yellow eye)
Photo by Patrick Cloete
Punda Maria, Kruger National Park, South Africa December 2005

Sub-Saharan Africa
Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, DRC and Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Dams and large river courses, flood plains, wetlands and swamps.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

It builds a large, deep stick nest in a tree. The 1 or 2 white eggs are incubated for 30-35 days; the chicks fledge 70 - 100 days later.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes fish, frogs and crabs, but also on young birds, and other land vertebrates.

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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