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5 outstanding facts about the amazing shoebill

This extremely large bird resembles a cross between a pelican, a stork and a dinosaur. Not only does the shoebill have an intimidating look, this creature can really stand up for itself. Let's learn more about this terrifying yet gorgeous bird.


Some quick shoebill facts:

  • they are endemic to the swamps of Eastern Africa;
  • they feed on fish, frogs, snakes and baby crocodiles;
  • shoebills are classified as vulnerable: they suffer from habitat loss, hunting and capture for the zoo trade;
  • in the wild, they can live up to 25-30 years.


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11 Comments
Cindy Ursan
What a beautiful creature!!!
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May 3, 2020 5:44AM
Birgit Ruping
Amazing bird. Thank you for the great information .
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May 1, 2020 4:27AM
tbear
I would love to see one, for real! What an awesome bird!😊👍
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Apr 30, 2020 9:57PM
Linda Spreng
garyheaton, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you know. The shoebill may not be the most handsome creature to walk the earth, but he is one of God's creations. And while I wouldn't call him beautiful, I certainly wouldn't call him ugly either.
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Apr 30, 2020 9:04PM
Linda Spreng
An awesome huge bird. I'm amazed at how eerily human-like their eyes are and a bit creepy.
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Apr 30, 2020 9:00PM
garyheaton
julie kolges, a lot can be said about this bird, and I hope it survives forever. However.."beautiful" is not one that I have EVER heard anyone use to describe this poor ugly animal. In this case you can almost understand WHY the mother would kill off all but one of its offspring. They have faces even their mothers couldn't love! (Laugh!!)
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Apr 30, 2020 11:26AM
Donald Mcdaid
It looks a bit like the Dodo.
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Apr 30, 2020 10:08AM
julie kolges
AND as the norm, the greedy human race is putting this beautiful creature in a vulnerable position. 😠😠
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Apr 29, 2020 10:20PM
feliciaacarter
It was surprising to see how large that bird actually is!! Wow!!!🤗🤗🤗
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Apr 29, 2020 9:44PM
jjp
jjp
The bird is interesting, to say the least.
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Apr 29, 2020 7:16PM
ibellejones
Very interesting.
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Apr 29, 2020 6:07PM

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