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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.

Shoebill (Whalehead, Shoe-Billed Stork) - Balaeniceps rex - This very large stork-like bird lives in tropical East Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia. Typical heights for this wading fish-hunter are 43-55" / 110-140 cm. Weights are 11-12 lb / 4.9-5.6 kg, with males usually being heavier - Image credit : Hans Hillewaert / September 4, 2010 / at Pairi Daiza, Brugelette, Belgium

Shoebill (Whalehead, Shoe-Billed Stork) - Balaeniceps rex - This very large stork-like bird lives in tropical East Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia. Typical heights for this wading fish-hunter are 43-55" / 110-140 cm. Weights are 11-12 lb / 4.9-5.6 kg, with males usually being heavier - Image credit : Hans Hillewaert / September 4, 2010 / at Pairi Daiza, Brugelette, Belgium

The Shoe-billed stork, also known as a whalehead, is a large bird that lives in tropical east Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia.

The Shoe-billed stork, also known as a whalehead, is a large bird that lives in tropical east Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia.

Shoebill also known as Whalehead or Shoe-billed Stork, is a very large stork-like bird. It derives its name from its massive shoe-shaped bill.  It lives in eastern Africa.  It is so strange looking!  It looks like a Muppet!  It can grow to almost 5 FEET tall!

Shoebill also known as Whalehead or Shoe-billed Stork, is a very large stork-like bird. It derives its name from its massive shoe-shaped bill. It lives in eastern Africa. It is so strange looking! It looks like a Muppet! It can grow to almost 5 FEET tall!

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.

SHOEBILL STORK - Yikes!Balaeniceps rex© Zdeněk Chalupa   I couldn’t resist - these pre-historic looking birds never cease to amaze me :)  This species was only classified in the 19th century when some skins  were brought to Europe.  It was not until years later that live  specimens reached the scientific  community. However, the bird was known  to both ancient Egyptians and Arabs.

SHOEBILL STORK - Yikes!Balaeniceps rex© Zdeněk Chalupa I couldn’t resist - these pre-historic looking birds never cease to amaze me :) This species was only classified in the 19th century when some skins were brought to Europe. It was not until years later that live specimens reached the scientific community. However, the bird was known to both ancient Egyptians and Arabs.

shoebill stork. this poor bird has a very unfortunate face if you're into anthropomorphism - i'm sure it's not really frowning just trying to see you over its bill.

shoebill stork. this poor bird has a very unfortunate face if you're into anthropomorphism - i'm sure it's not really frowning just trying to see you over its bill.

Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) is a very large stork-like bird. It derives its name from its massive shoe-shaped bill. It lives in tropical east Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia

Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) is a very large stork-like bird. It derives its name from its massive shoe-shaped bill. It lives in tropical east Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia

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