French: Jabiru d’Afrique German: Sattelstorch Spanish: Jabirú africano
Other common names: Saddle-bill Stork
Tropical Africa from Senegal E to Eritrea and Ethiopia and S to NE South Africa.
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
Silent away from the nest, practically mute. At nest, adults perform bill-clattering during display... read more
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
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
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
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