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Like most storks, saddle-billed storks (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) are mainly solitary birds. If they gather in groups at all, the groups are small. They forage alone or in pairs, and pairs nest alone. Pairs are territorial and will chase other pairs out of their home range. Saddle-billed storks feed primarily on fish, but also on frogs, small reptiles, small mammals, some mollusks, and probably insects. They stand very still in open water or walk about in reeds and shallow water, stabbing repeatedly and sometimes trying to stir up prey with their feet. They swallow their prey whole and drink water just after swallowing. These birds are normally shy and wary but can become quite tame when acclimated (to vehicles in national parks, for example.)




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