150 cm high. The male is larger and heavier than the female
Iridescent black head, neck, back, wings, and tail
White body and primaries
Yellow frontal shield (the “saddle”)
Black legs and feet
Female has a yellow iris
Male iris is brown, small yellow wattles at base of bill
Juveniles: brownish-grey plumage
Dams and large river courses, flood plains, wetlands and swamps.
Sedentary but nomadic during drought. Found singly or in pairs.
The diet includes fish, frogs and crabs, but also on young birds and other land vertebrates.
It builds a large, deep stick nest in a tree. The 1 or 2 white eggs are incubated for 30-35 days; the chicks fledge 70 – 100 days later.