The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Yellow-billed Stork

Afrikaans name: Nimmersat

Yellow-billed Storks may be seen in Kruger National Park

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Mycteria ibis

The Yellow-billed Stork is found in wetalands of various sorts in the eastern half of South Africa. Beyond our borders it has a fairly wide distribution across sub-Saharan Africa.

The main food of this stork is fish and frogs but it does eat some smaller animals as well. It is sometimes seen in the company of Nile Crocodiles or Hippos and it is believed that it is looking for prey items disturbed by them.

They nest in colonies in trees, often along with other species of birds such as cormorants or African Spoonbills.

The location of the nest site is normally chosen by the male and can the nest can take up to 10 days to build. Up to 3 eggs may be laid.

In captivity the Yellow-billed Stork can live for up to 30 years.

References and further reading

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 68

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 91

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 28

Wading Birds of the World - Revised edition - Author: Eric and Richard Soothill - Published: 1989 - Page: 76

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 36

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 64

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 70

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 71

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 50

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 44

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 34

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 33

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 25

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

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 34

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 54

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 60

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 80

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 80

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 42

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 180

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 180

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 48

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 26

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