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.

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, 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.

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.

This bird is Balaeniceps rex, living in Africa

This bird is Balaeniceps rex, living in Africa

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

This is a real fucking Devil Bird. It will be in your nightmares tonight.  Walking towards you on its Devil Bird talons.

This is a real fucking Devil Bird. It will be in your nightmares tonight. Walking towards you on its Devil Bird talons.

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