Saddle-billed Stork

Saddle-billed Stork

G29 This is a male Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis). It has dark brown eyes. A female has yellow eyes. Saddle-billed storks are huge. They can reach a height of 150 cm and have a wingspan of a 270 cm. The dazzling colour of the bill makes it such an attractive bird to watch. The massive bill is red with a black band and a yellow frontal shield (which is the “saddle”). The legs and feet are black with pink knees. The chest has a bare red patch of skin that darkens during breeding season, as you can see in the photo above.

Saddle-billed Stork

Saddle-billed Stork

Saddle-billed Stork

Saddle-billed Stork

Saddle-billed Stork

 

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12 comments

  1. Interesting bird – don’t you love storks? Absolutely prehistoric, and it’s always a bit intimidating when a bird looks you in the eye and doesn’t have to fly up to a branch to do so.

    I’m glad you explained the saddle. I was very slow figuring that out.

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  2. Great photos of a fascinating bird. Beautiful colors and nice that you could get a series of photos.

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    • In tropical Africa. Resident breeder in sub-Saharan Africa from Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya south to South Africa, and in The Gambia, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Chad in west Africa.

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  3. Superb job…I just “met” my first Saddle Billed Stork last week in a visit to the Fort Worth Zoo. It’s a great bird with such a striking bill and eyes. Thanks for sharing your work with us!

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