Billed stork

At the Cincinnati Zoo.

The saddlebill stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) slowly wades through shallow water as it probes with its bill for fish and other underwater creatures. It quickly strikes to grasp or impale fish with its sharp bill. It often washes the prey in the water before swallowing it head-first.


  • Where to see them: Central Africa
  • Height: 4.4 to 4.9 ft
  • Weight: 11 to 16 lbs
  • Lifespan: Up to 36 yrs in captivity
  • Wingspan: More than 8 ft
  • Habitat: Freshwater marshes, rivers, floodplains and lake shores
  • Diet: Mainly fish, some other small aquatic creatures, insects and carrion
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