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. 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.

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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Shoebill stork image via Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo at www.Facebook.com/TampaZoo

Shoebill stork image via Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo at www.Facebook.com/TampaZoo

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)

Der Schuhschnabel (Balaeniceps rex), auch Abu Markub (arab. „Vater des Schuhs“), ist ein afrikanischer Vogel. Der nach seinem mächtigen Schnabel benannte Vogel ist ein Bewohner von Sümpfen. Oft verharrt ein Schuhschnabel lange Zeit bewegungslos. Abgesehen vom Moment des Beutefangs ist sein ganzes Verhalten von langsamen und bedächtigen Bewegungen geprägt. Obwohl er problemlos fliegen kann, nutzt er diese Fähigkeit nur selten.

Der Schuhschnabel (Balaeniceps rex), auch Abu Markub (arab. „Vater des Schuhs“), ist ein afrikanischer Vogel. Der nach seinem mächtigen Schnabel benannte Vogel ist ein Bewohner von Sümpfen. Oft verharrt ein Schuhschnabel lange Zeit bewegungslos. Abgesehen vom Moment des Beutefangs ist sein ganzes Verhalten von langsamen und bedächtigen Bewegungen geprägt. Obwohl er problemlos fliegen kann, nutzt er diese Fähigkeit nur selten.

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

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

Just watching!  I love this bird!  God Bless it!  (:

Just watching! I love this bird! God Bless it! (:

SHOEBILL STORK - Yikes!Balaeniceps rex© Zdeněk Chalupa   I couldn’t resist - these pre-historic looking birds never cease to amaze me :)  This species was only classified in the 19th century when some skins  were brought to Europe.  It was not until years later that live  specimens reached the scientific  community. However, the bird was known  to both ancient Egyptians and Arabs. There are Egyptian images depicting the Shoebill, while the Arabs referred to the bird as abu markub, which mean

SHOEBILL STORK - Yikes!Balaeniceps rex© Zdeněk Chalupa I couldn’t resist - these pre-historic looking birds never cease to amaze me :) This species was only classified in the 19th century when some skins were brought to Europe. It was not until years later that live specimens reached the scientific community. However, the bird was known to both ancient Egyptians and Arabs. There are Egyptian images depicting the Shoebill, while the Arabs referred to the bird as abu markub, which mean

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