Yellow-billed Stork | Mycteria ibis
The Yellow-billed Stork is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Ciconiidae bird family group which includes birds such as Storks.
The description for the Yellow-billed Stork (Latin name Mycteria ibis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Mycteria ibis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 90 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 617. You will find a picture of the Yellow-billed Stork on page 593.
NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.
There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Yellow-billed Stork between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition
The Yellow-billed Stork is known in Afrikaans as Nimmersat.
The Yellow-billed Stork has a height of 97 cms and weighs around 2000 gms. The head is coloured red while the bill is coloured yellow. The Mycteria ibis has a white coloured throat, pink legs and a white coloured back. The eyes are yellow.
Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.
Head is red
Eyes are yellow
Bill is yellow
Legs are pink
Throat is white
Back is white
This bird has long legs ? ie legs the length of which are out of proportion to the bird's body size. This can be a useful identification guide (eg with the Lapwings).
Feeding Habits ...
This bird forages for food on the ground
This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.
This bird hunts for small reptiles such as lizards, geckos and bush snakes. The Yellow-billed Stork strikes poisonous snakes on the head with one fatal blow which kills the snake instantly. There have been cases were this bird has been killed by a snake while hunting. Some birds have been blinded by Cobra venom.
This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .
Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...
The Yellow-billed Stork is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 4 eggs and they are coloured green.
The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.
The Yellow-billed Stork is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.
The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams
Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...
The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."
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