Saddle-billed Stork

G29 This is a male Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis). It has dark brown eyes. A female has yellow eyes. Saddle-billed storks are huge. They can reach a height of 150 cm and have a wingspan of a 270 cm. The dazzling colour of the bill makes it such an attractive bird to watch. The massive bill is red with a black band and a yellow frontal shield (which is the “saddle”). The legs and feet are black with pink knees. The chest has a bare red patch of skin that darkens during breeding season, as you can see in the photo above.

Saddle-billed Stork

Saddle-billed Stork

Saddle-billed Stork

Saddle-billed Stork

Saddle-billed Stork

 

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