A very tall black and white wading bird with a huge red and black banded bill and distinctive yellow shield. In flight its head and legs droop below the rest of its body giving it a very distinct appearance. Found along large rivers, freshwater marshes, floodplains and other water bodies.
The female saddle-billed stork can be told apart from the male because she has a yellow eye. Some people remember this by thinking of it as a gold wedding ring.
Saddle-billed storks pair for life, this may be why they don’t have colourful breeding plumage or spectacular courtship displays.
The adult saddle-billed stork will eat its own the eggs shells after the young have hatched.
Saddle-billed storks sometimes regurgitate up to 1 to 2 litres of water over the nest and eggs.
A saddle-billed stork can swallow a 500g catfish but it will first snip off the spines so the fish does not get caught in its throat.
Before eating fish or frogs the saddle-billed stork will sometimes wash them.