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Shoebill Facts

  • Also called shoe-billed stork or whale-headed stork.
  • They are named for their large bill, which is used for catching and holding fish, in particular the large lungfish.
  • They also eats turtles, fish, and young crocodiles.
  • They stand about 3.8 Feet tall, a little over half the height of a standard sized refrigerator.
  • They are almost always a gray color, and their head is sometimes larger than half of it’s body.
  • They nest on either floating vegetation or solid mounds and lay one to three white eggs, which hatch in about 30 days.
  • Shoebills inhabit swampy regions in and around the White Nile area of northeastern Africa.
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