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Balaeniceps rex


The Shoebill is a tall bird (4 1/2 ft) resembling a stork, but is actually in the family of the pelicans.It is uniformly gray with a large brown spotted flesh colored bill.


It is found in swamps and marshes of central Africa as the bulk of their diet is fish and small water creatures (frogs, snakes, etc).


This individual was in the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, NE. It is strange enough I included it even though it is in a zoo.

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Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Spotted on Aug 14, 2010
Submitted on Jan 29, 2019

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