Family Storks (Ciconiidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis)


French: Tantale ibis German: Nimmersatt Spanish: Tántalo africano

Tantalus Ibis


, 1766,



Formerly placed in genus Ibis. Monotypic.


Africa S of Sahara, Madagascar; straggles into Palearctic Africa in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt.

Descriptive notes

95–105 cm; wingspan 150–165 cm; 1190–2384 g. Males average larger. Non breeding adult has plumage and bare parts duller. Immature duller, especially bare... read more


Usually silent away from breeding colonies. Around nest, adults utter a whining call, low-pitched... read more


Frequents a broad variety of wetland types, including swamps, reservoirs, margins of rivers and... read more

Food and feeding

Frogs (often taken when they emerge after rain), small fish, other small aquatic prey. Tactile feeding is typical. It sometimes walks along... read more


Seasonal. Chiefly starts towards the end of the rains or, in drier areas, in the dry season: whenever conditions lead to food becoming more... read more


Resident in most of range, sometimes with local movements. Numbers peak during Oct–Apr in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Global population is thought to be declining overall but locally stable. Common to abundant across much of the range. Locally common... read more

Recommended citation

Elliott, A., Garcia, E.F.J. & Boesman, P. (2018). Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis). 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 on 20 March 2018).