Apr 21, 2012

Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)


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The Shoebill is a large stork-like bird. The Shoebill’s features are gray feathers with a large swollen like beak. It looks like it has a point that is as sharp hooked nail. An adult male is about 120 cm long, females are slightly smaller, but very similar. The plumage is gray to gray-blue on the head and ash gray in general, slightly glossy green on the back. The belly and tail feathers are nearly white. The legs are black. The Shoebill is very solitary bird who does not like the disturbance by humans. It lives in swamps and very extensive Miscarthidium Papyrus, where they hunt fish. The nest is built of reeds and papyrus falls floating or resting on a low island.


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