Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52445

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Ciconiidae
Genus:Ephipplorhynchus
Genus species:Ephipplorhynchus senegalensis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:152 cm
Identification:The saddlebill stork is a large black and white stork with a red, black, and yellow saddle. Its neck, head, and legs are black, and it has a naked red patch on its breast.
Habitat:Rivers and marshes
Diet:Carnivore: mainly fish (up to 500g a day), frogs and small mammals
Reproduction:Breeding occurs from January to July. Nests are built on a platform of sticks on the top of a bush or trees near water. The clutch sized is 1-2 eggs with incubation times of approximately 33 days.
The saddle-billed stork is solitary or found in pairs.
Behavior:The only vocal sounds are bill-clapping noises
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:When this stork is searching for food it may wait for a prey source to come by, then the stork will snatch the prey, throw it up in the air, catch it, and then swallow it.

Other Information

Geographic:Eastern South Africa
Northern South Africa
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Saddle-billed stork
long-legged waders
Storks
Ciconiiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52445