Shoebill, a large stork-like bird native to Africa. This bird is Threatened, with less than 10,000 birds left in the wild. The main threats are habitat loss and hunting.

Shoebill, a large stork-like bird native to Africa. This bird is Threatened, with less than 10,000 birds left in the wild. The main threats are habitat loss and hunting.

Now that's a funny face!  (shoebill stork). Only ever seen gray before, looks better in blue x ¥ x

Now that's a funny face! (shoebill stork). Only ever seen gray before, looks better in blue x ¥ x

Meet The Shoebill Stork

Meet The Shoebill Stork

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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.

Shoebills are usually terrifying but this is just adorable.

Shoebills are usually terrifying but this is just adorable.

The 5 foot tall shoebill. Imagine seeing this thing walk towards you outside at night.

The 5 foot tall shoebill. Imagine seeing this thing walk towards you outside at night.

The Shoebill Stork is one of the worlds more endangered species and is actually considered one of the worlds ugliest animals next to the Wildebeest. People have clearly never delved deeply enough into the species of the sea to think this bird one of the ugliest animals on earth.

The Shoebill Stork is one of the worlds more endangered species and is actually considered one of the worlds ugliest animals next to the Wildebeest. People have clearly never delved deeply enough into the species of the sea to think this bird one of the ugliest animals on earth.

The shoebill is a tall bird, height reaching as much 5 feet tall. Weight has reportedly reached 15 lb. The 9 foot wingspan is well-adapted to soaring.

The shoebill is a tall bird, height reaching as much 5 feet tall. Weight has reportedly reached 15 lb. The 9 foot wingspan is well-adapted to soaring.

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)

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