Saddle-billed Stork

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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 22 February 2017
Scientific Name
Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ciconiidae
  • Ephippiorhynchus
  • E. senegalensis
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 16 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
56 to 59 inches
95 to 107 inches
176 to 265 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 鞍嘴鹳
Czech (Cesky) čáp sedlatý
Danish (Dansk) Saddelnæb
Dutch (Nederlands) Zadelbekooievaar
Finnish (Suomi) afrikansatulahaikara
French (Français) Jabiru d'Afrique
German (Deutsch) Sattelstorch
Italian (Italiano) Cicogna sellata
Japanese (日本語) クラハシコウ [kurahashikou]
Norwegian (Norsk) Sadelnebbstork
Polish (Polski) zabiru afrykanski
Portuguese (Português) Jabiru
Russian (русский язык) Седлоклювый ябиру
Spanish (Español) Jabirú Africano
Swedish (Svenska) sadelnäbbsstork
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