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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Saddle-billed Stork

Afrikaans name: Saalbekooievaar

A Saddlebilled Stork photographed at Transport Dam in Kruger National Park

Photo © Steven Herbert

Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis

The Saddle-billed Stork is a big bird that stands up to 1.5 metres tall. Males are typically bigger than females. Males have yellow wattles while females have yellow eyes.

This stork is found across much of sub-Saharan Africa.

The Saddle-billed Stork is normally found by water where it hunts fish, crabs and frogs.

They make their nest in a tree. It is a large structure made of twigs and the female lays either one or two eggs. The egg takes around a month to hatch.


References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 179

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 59

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 10

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 36

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 68

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 69

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 70

List of South African Birds

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