Family Storks (Ciconiidae)

Least Concern

Saddlebill (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)


Taxonomy

French: Jabiru d’Afrique German: Sattelstorch Spanish: Jabirú africano
Other common names: Saddle-bill Stork
Taxonomy:

Mycteria senegalensis

Shaw

, 1800,

Senegal

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Tropical Africa from Senegal E to Eritrea and Ethiopia and S to NE South Africa.

Descriptive notes

145–150 cm; 6 kg; wingspan 240–270 cm. Males average considerably larger; both sexes have bare crimson medal on breast. Genus Ephippiorhynchus unique... read more

Voice

Silent away from the nest, practically mute. At nest, adults perform bill-clattering during display... read more

Habitat

Varied aquatic habitats, preferably large scale, such as marshes, wet grassland, margins of large... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fish of up to at least 500 g; including lungfish. It also takes crabs, shrimps, frogs, reptiles, small mammals, young birds and a... read more

Breeding

Mostly starts late in rains or in dry season; may be timed for young to leave nest at end of dry season. Solitary tree nester; large,... read more

Movements

Basically sedentary, with some nomadic movements within or near home territory, in search of... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread, but usually uncommon. Pairs occupy large home ranges and so the species typically occurs at low densities. The population... read more

Recommended citation

Elliott, A., Garcia, E.F.J. & Boesman, P. (2017). Saddlebill (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52747 on 20 September 2017).