At the Detroit Zoo
The saddle-billed stork can be found in the African Watering Hole habitat.
Saddle-billed storks are large and strikingly colored birds standing 4 to 5 feet tall with a wingspan of up to 9 feet. They have black and white plumage and large laterally compressed bills, orangish-red at the base and tip and black in the middle. The top of their bills are covered with a yellow frontal shield, or saddle, made of soft, leathery skin. They have black legs and their feet are orangish-red. Males are larger and have black eyes and two yellow wattles hanging down from the bottom of their beaks, while females have yellow eyes and no wattles.
Storks have long been regarded as symbols for fertility and good luck.