The Shoebill. Native to large swamps from Sudan to Zambia in tropical east Africa.This large stork-like bird gets its name because of the shape of its beak. Even though it was already known to ancient Egyptians and Arabs, the bird was only classified in 19th century.

The Shoebill. Native to large swamps from Sudan to Zambia in tropical east Africa.This large stork-like bird gets its name because of the shape of its beak. Even though it was already known to ancient Egyptians and Arabs, the bird was only classified in 19th century.

The shoebill stork has an impressive bill that resembles a Dutch wooden shoe. Although related to storks, the shoebill’s unusual bill and other characteristics place it in a family all its own. It is often compared to a statue, as the bird stands still for long periods of time in marshes, waiting for a fishy meal to surface. This “freeze-and-seize strategy ensures that the stork lands its prey. (photos: Anita Ross)

The shoebill stork has an impressive bill that resembles a Dutch wooden shoe. Although related to storks, the shoebill’s unusual bill and other characteristics place it in a family all its own. It is often compared to a statue, as the bird stands still for long periods of time in marshes, waiting for a fishy meal to surface. This “freeze-and-seize strategy ensures that the stork lands its prey. (photos: Anita Ross)

standing shoebill stork. Kinda scary if you didn;t know this was a bird. 5 feet tall ハシビロコウ

standing shoebill stork. Kinda scary if you didn;t know this was a bird. 5 feet tall ハシビロコウ

Shoebill / Le Bec-en-sabot du Nil / Abu-Markub (père du soulier) c'est un échassier qui est actuellement menacé par la destruction de son habitat naturel.

Shoebill / Le Bec-en-sabot du Nil / Abu-Markub (père du soulier) c'est un échassier qui est actuellement menacé par la destruction de son habitat naturel.

The Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) also known as Whalehead or Shoe-billed Stork, is a very large stork-like bird. It derives its name from its massive shoe-shaped bill.  Read more: http://laughterizer.weebly.com/1/post/2013/02/the-amazing-shoebill-bird.html#ixzz3aePvvsZE  Follow us: @Laughterizer on Twitter | Laughterizer on Facebook

The Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) also known as Whalehead or Shoe-billed Stork, is a very large stork-like bird. It derives its name from its massive shoe-shaped bill. Read more: http://laughterizer.weebly.com/1/post/2013/02/the-amazing-shoebill-bird.html#ixzz3aePvvsZE Follow us: @Laughterizer on Twitter | Laughterizer on Facebook

The shoebill is a tall bird, height reaching as much 5 feet tall. Weight has reportedly reached 15 lb. The 9 foot wingspan is well-adapted to soaring.

The shoebill is a tall bird, height reaching as much 5 feet tall. Weight has reportedly reached 15 lb. The 9 foot wingspan is well-adapted to soaring.

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