Saddle-billed Stork

Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis

The saddle-billed stork slowly wades through shallow water as it probes with its bill for fish and other underwater creatures. It quickly strikes to grasp or impale fish with its sharp bill. It often washes the prey in the water before swallowing it head-first.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Jungle Trails
heightHeight: 4.4 to 4.9 ft
weightWeight: 11 to 16 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 12 yrs
wingspanWingspan: More than 8 ft
habitatHabitat: Freshwater marshes, rivers, floodplains and lake shores
dietDiet: Mainly fish, some other small aquatic creatures, insects and carrion