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About the Saddle-billed Stork

Also known as: Saddlebill, African Jabiru
The Saddle-billed Stork is a very large species of stork found in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. They live in wetland habitats and breed in tropical lowland habitat. The build stick nests in trees.

Saddle-billed Storks feed on a variety of wetland prey items, including small reptiles, fish, frogs, and crabs.

Saddle-billed Storks have a striking plumage of iridescent black on the back, wings, tail, head and neck, with contrasting bright white elsewhere. They are named for their spectacular large bills which are red with a black band and a saddle-shaped yellow shield. Their legs are grey with pink feet and hocks.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 February 2017
Scientific Name Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ciconiidae
  • Ephippiorhynchus
  • E. senegalensis
Birdorable Family Egrets & Other Waders
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 August 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
56 to 59 inches
95 to 107 inches
176 to 265 ounces
Range West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa Africa

International Names

  • 鞍嘴鹳 (Chinese)
  • čáp sedlatý (Czech)
  • Saddelnæb (Danish)
  • Zadelbekooievaar (Dutch)
  • afrikansatulahaikara (Finnish)
  • Jabiru d'Afrique (French)
  • Sattelstorch (German)
  • Cicogna sellata (Italian)
  • クラハシコウ [kurahashikou] (Japanese)
  • Sadelnebbstork (Norwegian)
  • zabiru afrykanski (Polish)
  • Jabiru (Portuguese)
  • Седлоклювый ябиру (Russian)
  • Jabirú Africano (Spanish)
  • sadelnäbbsstork (Swedish)