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The Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) is a large wading bird in the stork family, Ciconiidae. It is a widespread species which is a resident breeder in sub-Saharan Africa from Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya south to South Africa, and in The Gambia, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Chad in west Africa. This is a huge bird that regularly attains a height of 150 cm (59 in), a length of 142 cm (56 in) and a 2.4–2.7 m (7.9–8.9 ft) wingspan. The male is larger and heavier than the female, with a range of 5.1–7.5 kg. It is spectacularly plumaged, identical in male and female.
Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis), Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa
Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-300 mm, 1/400 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 100
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