Balaenicipitidae – Shoebill

Shoebill by Lee at Lowry Park Zoo

Shoebill by Lee at Lowry Park Zoo

He (Solomon) spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish. (1 Kings 4:33 ESV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – PELECANIFORMES, Family – Balaenicipitidae – Shoebill


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Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) - (up close by Lee) – *LLABS*
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Keith Blomerley – Videographer


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See also Shoebill video by Eldert Groenewoud

“The Shoebill, Balaeniceps rex, also known as Whalehead, is a very large stork-like bird. It derives its name from its massive shoe-shaped bill.

The Shoebill is a very large bird. The adult is 115-150 cm (45-64 in) tall, 100-140 cm (40-60in) long, 230-260 cm (91-125 in) across the wings and weighs 4 to 7 kg (8.8-15.5 lbs). The adult is mainly grey while the juveniles are browner. It lives in tropical east Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia. (Wikipedia with editing)

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