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.

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.

Fun Facts

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