Shoebill stork facts

Shoebill stork facts – The shoebill is massive, grey water with another name as the Whale-headed stork. It is also known as Balaeniceps rex and its name was give due to its huge bill which looks like a traditional Dutch clog and the sharp nail that is like a hook on its ends. The shoebill was once classified together with the stork following the order of ciconiiformes but apparently, it is the studies have proved that it belongs to the family of the Pelicans in the order of Pelicaniformes. The shoebill is one of the most coveted ticks or loved by the birders and spotted around the swampy regions of Uganda as well as Zambia Bangweulu region and it one of the best places to spot this amazing bird. These are 5 Interesting facts about the Shoebill.

  1. The shoebills are addicted to their favorite prey the lung fish, the shoebill like feasting on lungfish. They have distributed themselves allover in the tropical East Africa where they have confidently met other types of fish, they like making their nests with the papyrus reed beds which is their most loved nestling.
  2. Shoe bills have got broad wide wings which lasts for about 2.5 meters long. Its agitating rate is about 150flaps permit and it is one of the slowest birds.
  3. The shoes bills have benefited feeding alongside with the hippos which bulldozes via the papyrus swamps and this allows the shoebill to have access to other the inaccessible feeding areas. The hippos expose the fish to the surface which helps the shoebill to easily capture.
  4. A shoebill hatches about two or more chicks but it is on rare occasion that they raise more than one. The stronger chicks will not allow the weak ones to access food thus they will starve or prick them to death. This is brutal practice that is also common in eagles.
  5. The shoebill does not only feast on the fish but other animals like frogs, babies and eggs of crocodiles, water snakes Water birds, turtles among others.