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Shoebill

Balaeniceps rex

Description:

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. The adult bird is 115 to 150 centimeters (45 to 59 in) tall, 100 to 140 centimeters (39 to 55 in) long, 230 to 260 centimeters (91 to 100 in) across the wingspan and weighs 4 to 7 kilograms (8.8 to 15 lb).[2][3] Their beaks have an average length of length of 30 centimeters (12 in).[4] The adult is mainly grey while the juveniles are browner. It lives in tropical east Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia.

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Bas
Bas 9 years ago
Shoebill
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1 Comment

Nicholas4
Nicholas4 9 years ago

Wow..it looks mean..but quite nice specimen never-the-less!

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Spotted on Aug 14, 2011
Submitted on Dec 14, 2011

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