Saddle-billed Stork

Saddle-billed Stork, Zambia, Africa

Saddle-billed Stork, Zambia, Africa

A familiar wading bird in sub-Saharan Africa, the Saddle-billed Stork has a splashy bill, long legs, and a gloriously expansive wingspan of eight feet.


Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis gets its name from the yellow shield, or saddle, on its upper bill.  For more information on this impressive bird, click here.


Photo credit:  Athena Alexander


25 thoughts on “Saddle-billed Stork

    • That’s right, Morgan, they are Quite a Sight in flight. Their bill is so heavy that it droops a bit, and makes for an unusual, rather curious, sight. Thanks so much for your comment. 🙂

    • This is such a big bird! You’re right, HJ, they’re tall — five feet tall! And I, too, like the vibrant colors. Glad you enjoyed, and many thanks for your visit. 😀

  1. Hard to imagine carrying around a gigantic bill that long and heavy! This bird reminds me of our wonderful Wood Storks, who are also large but not THIS big, and much less colorful. I wonder if both use their bills in the same way to catch their food.

    • Yes, I agree, both are lovely birds. They are not in the same family, but both species forage for the same prey (fish, frogs, etc.). But it is the wood storks who are better known for hunting with an open bill. It is funny to me that the saddle-billed stork bill is so heavy, and yet the toucan bill is not. Always so much more to learn! Many thanks for your great comment. 🙂

  2. Amazing portrait dear Jet ! Fabulous bill and plumage details ! Thank you for the link provided where I read more details.Its scientific name Ephippiorhynchus (binomial nomenclature) is of Greek origin and it so precisely describes the characteristics of the bill.Your posts make me a better nature observer.Thank you 🙂 xxx

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