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


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


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


This is a monotypic species[1].


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



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.


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


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  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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