Saddlebill Stork

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Range
Tropical Africa south of the Sahara

Habitat
Open wetlands

Distinguishing Characteristics
One of the largest storks, the saddlebill has a long orange-red bill divided by a black band with a patch of yellow on the top.

Dietary Classification
Diet in the Zoo: herring, mice, and commercially prepared avian diet

Diet in the Wild: mostly fish

Life Span
Have been known to live over 36 years in captivity

Behavior/Adaptations
Saddlebills are generally monogamous and nest alone.
Saddlebills fly with heavy wing-beats and their necks outstretched

Status
Not threatened