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

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

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

Wild Issue 41 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 76

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 38

Wild Issue 23 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 12

Wading Birds of the World - Revised edition - Author: Eric and Richard Soothill - Published: 1989 - Page: 90

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 52

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 27

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

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 66

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: 43

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

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 76

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 30

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 76

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 58

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

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

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 47

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 22

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

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

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

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 179

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

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