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

A 5 foot tall shoebill! The average adult height is Also known as the Whalehead or Shoe-billed stork, they live in tropical east Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia.

Shoebill - native to large swamps from Sudan to Zambia in tropical east Africa

Shoebill - native to large swamps from Sudan to Zambia in tropical east Africa large blue bird africa

shoebill stork baby

Shoebill stork parents with day old chick. I am mildly obsessed with these birds!

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…

I love his face!!!                              Shoebill by bayucca (Balaeniceps rex) 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. en.wikipedia.org/... #Bird #Shoebill

Shoebill by bayucca (Balaeniceps rex) 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. Loved watching this guy in Life of Birds!

Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) -- such a singular bird.  Looks like a cartoon character, sometimes like a flying dinosaur, and from this view, his bulk reminds me of Batman with his cape.  I'm in awe that this creature exists and I'm only just now learning it. Height varies from 3.5 to 5 feet.  Bill is about 12" long, 5" wide and resembles the Dutch wooden shoe  -- thus the name Shoebill. by 42203050@N00, via Flickr

Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) -- such a singular bird. Looks like a cartoon…

The Painted Stork is a large wading bird in the stork family. It is found in the wetlands of the plains of tropical Asia south of the Himalayas in the Indian Subcontinent and extending into Southeast Asia.  Scientific name: Mycteria leucocephala

The Painted Stork is a large wading bird in the stork family. It is found in the wetlands of the plains of tropical Asia south of the Himalayas in the Indian Subcontinent and extending into Southeast Asia. Scientific name: Mycteria leucocephala

shoebill stork... whoa, don't get in his way. Photo Credit: Avi Abrams

15 Signs That Bird Society Is Going To Hell

One seriously pissed off bird! The Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), also known as the Whalehead or Shoe-billed Stork

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