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Saddlebill Stork

Ephippiorynchus senegalensis

Did you know?

  • The yellow "saddle" across this stork's enormous multi-colored bill gives the bird its name.
  • The saddlebill stork is one of the largest species of storks.
  • The stork reaches adult size by its first birthday but does not have adult plumage until it is two years old.
  • They tend to soar when flying, only flapping their wings occasionally.
  • A female lays one to five eggs per clutch.

Now, That's a Bill

Its long legs and upturned beak help this wading bird catch fish, frogs, and insects in shallow, freshwater marshes.

Together Forever

A male and female are thought to mate for life. The pair builds enormous treetop nests and cooperates in sitting on the eggs and raising the chicks.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild

Least Concern

The Saddlebill Stork is widespread and abundant.


Sub-Saharan Africa


Rivers, lakes, swamps

We care about saddlebill storks

The Saint Louis Zoo supports saddlebill storks in Red Rocks.

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Red Rocks

At Red Rocks, you’ll view some of the world’s most powerful predators living near some of the world’s most graceful prey. Lions, tigers, zebra and giraffes all share the natural rocky boulders and outcroppings as their territory. With shading trees and a bird or two among the mammals, Red Rocks is a great place to spend a day at the Saint Louis Zoo.

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