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Saddle-billed Stork

Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis


This is a huge bird that regularly attains a height of 150 cm (59 in), a length of 142 cm (56 in) and a 2.4–2.7 m (7.9–8.9 ft) wingspan. The male is larger and heavier than the female, with a range of 5.1–7.5 kg (11–17 lb). The female is usually between 5 and 7 kg (11 and 15 lb). It is probably the tallest of the storks (though not the heaviest), due in no small part to it extremely long legs (tarsus length is up to 36.5 cm (14.4 in)). The long bill measures from 27.3 to 36 cm (10.7 to 14 in).[1] The sexes can be readily distinguished by the golden yellow irises of the female and the brown irises of the male. It is spectacularly plumaged, identical in male and female. The head, neck, back, wings, and tail are iridescent black, with the rest of the body and the primary flight feathers being white. Juveniles are browner grey in plumage. The massive bill is red with a black band and a yellow frontal shield (the “saddle”). The legs and feet are black with pink knees. On the chest is a bare red patch of skin, whose colour darkens during breeding season.[2]

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Saddle-Billed Stork
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Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

hilarious bird!

MaryEvans2 9 years ago

Beautiful capture!

Arun 9 years ago

Congrts ,,,

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago

Congratulation July!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Congrats July. Beautiful bird.

Bong Ambutong
Bong Ambutong 9 years ago

Hi July Congratulation....

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago


Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

congratulations July

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Congratulations grate photo.

aldrin 9 years ago


KarenL 9 years ago

Congratulations July!

peter 9 years ago

Congrats July, this wonderful photo is the Spotting of the Day!

"The Saddle-billed Stork is one of Africa's most striking and colorful wading birds. DId you know they rattle their bills to make noise and communicate since they don't have any muscles in their voice box?"


Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Amazing colors

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

It's face looks like it has layers of color- very unusual!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago


Nicholas4 9 years ago

nice photo!!!

Steffi 9 years ago

What a beautiful stork!

Dilek Cifci
Dilek Cifci 9 years ago

Very beautiful!

July Llanes
Spotted by
July Llanes

Arusha, Arusha, Tanzania

Spotted on Jul 18, 2008
Submitted on Dec 14, 2011

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