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.

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.

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

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.

On Christmas Day 2009, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo became the first wildlife institution in the North America to hatch a rare African Shoebill Stork, and just the second institution worldwide. The chick began pipping (first stage of hatching) at approximately...

On Christmas Day 2009, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo became the first wildlife institution in the North America to hatch a rare African Shoebill Stork, and just the second institution worldwide. The chick began pipping (first stage of hatching) at approximately...

Shoebills are usually terrifying but this is just adorable.

Shoebills are usually terrifying but this is just adorable.

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 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)

Shoebill stork image via Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo at www.Facebook.com/TampaZoo

Shoebill stork image via Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo at www.Facebook.com/TampaZoo

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.

Cute shoebill asks his owner for head rubs

Cute shoebill asks his owner for head rubs

In 1945 while Berlin was being bombed this zoo resident shoebird was given domicile and cared for by a nurse in her apartment.

In 1945 while Berlin was being bombed this zoo resident shoebird was given domicile and cared for by a nurse in her apartment.

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