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shoebill, whalehead, shoe-billed stork (Balaeniceps rex)
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shoebill, whalehead, shoe-billed stork (Balaeniceps rex)

Description Balaeniceps rex Gould, 1850
English: Shoebill, at Pairi Daiza, Brugelette, Belgium
Date 4 September 2010
Author Hans Hillewaert

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. Although it has a somewhat stork-like overall form and has previously been classified in the order Ciconiiformes, its true affiliations with other living birds is ambiguous. Some authorities now reclassify it with the Pelecaniformes. The adult is mainly grey while the juveniles are browner. It lives in tropical east Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia. Order: Pelecaniformes, Family: Balaenicipitidae, Genus: Balaeniceps, Species: Balaeniceps rex Gould, 1850.

Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)
Scientific Name: Balaeniceps rex Gould, 1850
Common Names:
English – Shoebill, Whale-headed Stork
French – Bec-en-sabot
Spanish – Picozapato
French: Bec-en-sabot du Nil German: Schuhschnabel Spanish: Picozapato
Taxonomy: Balaeniceps rex Gould, 1850, upper White Nile.
South Sudan and SW Ethiopia to S DRCongo and N Zambia; irregular non-breeding visitor in Central African Republic.

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