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)

Shoebill - native to large swamps from Sudan to Zambia in tropical east Africa

Shoebill - native to large swamps from Sudan to Zambia in tropical east Africa

Meet The Shoebill Stork

Meet The Shoebill Stork

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Skeleton of a Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)    From: ‘On the osteology of Balaeniceps rex (Gould)’ by W. Kitchen Parker, 1860, Transactions of the Zoological Society of London Vol 4

Skeleton of a Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) From: ‘On the osteology of Balaeniceps rex (Gould)’ by W. Kitchen Parker, 1860, Transactions of the Zoological Society of London Vol 4

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.

Shoebill(Balaeniceps rex) in the Walsrode Bird Park, Germany

Shoebill(Balaeniceps rex) in the Walsrode Bird Park, Germany

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