Zoo Animals

Saddle-Billed Stork

Saddle-billed stork

Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis

At the Detroit Zoo
The saddle-billed stork can be found in the African Watering Hole habitat

The saddle-billed stork is a large and strikingly colored bird standing 4 to 5 feet tall with a wingspan of up to 9 feet. It has black and white plumage and a large laterally compressed bill, orangish-red at the base and tip and black in the middle. The top of its bill is covered with a yellow frontal shield, or saddle, made of soft, leathery skin. It has black legs and the feet are orangish-red. Males are larger and have black eyes and two yellow wattles hanging down from the bottom of the beak, while females have yellow eyes and no wattles.

Fun Facts

  • Storks have long been regarded as symbols for fertility and good luck.