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The Shoebill

The Shoebill is a tall, gray bird that appears more dinosaur-like than most members of the class Aves. It possesses a unique and impressive combination of size, color, and bill shape.

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30
Date:
June 10, 2021
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The Shoebill

Summary

The Shoebill is a tall, gray bird that appears more dinosaur-like than most members of the class Aves. You aren’t likely to confuse it with any other bird. It possesses a unique and impressive combination of size, color, and bill shape.

The Shoebill is a top predator in certain kinds of swamps and wetlands in Africa. It terrorizes not only large fish, but other small aquatic animals, like amphibians and reptiles.

This almost mythical beast of a bird is one of the most exciting species in all of Africa.

This episode is all about the Shoebill, Balaeniceps rex. What it looks like, where it lives, how it behaves, and its conservation status.

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Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) in Uganda. Photo by Ivan Phillipsen.
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) in Uganda. Photo by Musiime P. Muramura/Adobe.
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) in Uganda. Photo by Musiime P. Muramura/Adobe.

This work by Ivan Phillipsen is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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