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The shoebill (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. The shoebill is a tall bird, with a typical height range of 110 to 140 cm (43 to 55 in) and some specimens reaching as much as 152 cm (60 in). It is considered vulnerable.Habitat:freshwater swamps of central tropical Africa.Spotted by Pamsai in Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.

The shoebill (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. The shoebill is a tall bird, with a typical height range of 110 to 140 cm (43 to 55 in) and some specimens reaching as much as 152 cm (60 in). It is considered vulnerable.Habitat:freshwater swamps of central tropical Africa.Spotted by Pamsai in Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.

Shoebill.  A really unique bird from Uganda.// I love love love birds, but this is the kind that sort of freaks me out.  That BILL!!

A really unique bird from Uganda.// I love love love birds, but this is the kind that sort of freaks me out. That BILL!

Shoebill Stork - Lake Victoria Uganda.  It looks like someone pranked a bird with big mask!

The Shoebill stork can be found hunting for lungfish in wetland areas throughout Uganda.

A shoebill in Uganda, Africa Photograph: Ken Haley/Greatstock/Barcroft Images

The week in wildlife – in pictures

The Elusive shoebill stork with a mouthful of fish and grass in Uganda’s Mabamba Swamps by Ken Haley Photography

Shoebill Stork in Uganda. It gives you an ideal of the size of this bird.

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