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The Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex, clunozobec africky) from ZOO Prague, Czech republic :nod:
Very rarely kept species of bird! And rarely posted here on dA :giggle:


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INFO ABOUT THE ANIMAL:

Name: Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)
Location: tropical east Africa (Sudan – Tanzania)
Size: body: 120 cm, wing span: 230-260 cm weight: 7 Kg
Diet: fish, reptiles, birds, little mammals
Conservation status: Vulnerable
Interesting facts: its amazing big beak gave this bird a name – in various languages, they are called shoebills, whale-headed storks or boat-beaks | they live in swamps, they inhabit river shores | female lays 2 eggs, both parents take care – they put water on eggs and they spread the wings above the nest to protect the eggs and babies from direct sun | they have unnusual hunting technique, as their beak is very big and heavy | they hunt even crocodiles! | they do not live in groups, they are solitary. Only during mating season, they meet and then they take care for babies | they are very shy | there are only 13 ZOOs in the world which keep shoebills!

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:iconrotten-orange:
rotten-orange Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww! So cute!:love:
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:icontnbcfer:
TNBCfer Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
WTF IS THAT?!
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:iconalthelion:
AltheLion Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student General Artist
What a handsome face! You'd make a great model good sir!
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:iconblack-bird-song:
black-bird-song Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What an interseting bird.
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:iconmrstickycomics:
MrstickyComics Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Is it just me or is this bird hilarious to look at?
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:iconwinglei:
winglei Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting bird
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:iconjecbro:
JecBro Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this creature is amazing. wow
thanks for sharing this.
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:iconforget-the-sun:
forget-the-sun Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Hey dude, I love this picture and used it as a reference here, hope you like it!
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:iconk-oz-will:
K-OZ-Will Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
One of the few animals that I ever had a nightmare about. Thei're so creepy and tall.
Nice shot ^__^
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Thank you :aww: I like them :D
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:iconsaitouuryuuji:
SaitouuRyuuji Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
in this picture, this shoebill looks like a prehistoric creature. Loks amazing.
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:iconseeing-the-dark:
seeing-the-dark Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hilarious.
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:iconsabbie89:
Sabbie89 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You have been featured here: [link]

:D
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:iconpridescrossing:
PridesCrossing Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
:) An awesome bird!!
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
it is :D
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:icongirlovesthepizzaman:
GirLovesThePizzaMan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
tthat kinda... scared me
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:iconeline-portraits:
Eline-portraits Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Ohh an amazing bird. I appreciate the info you give about this bird. I think it very impressive
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:iconlittle-myss-sunshine:
Little-Myss-Sunshine Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful bird. I didn't know him, but now, i love ! He's beautiful !
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:iconemoprincess645:
emoprincess645 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thats one of the most weirdest birds ive ever seen, and i love it^^
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:iconnaniska:
NanisKa Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Never ever seen or heard about it!!!!!! :wow:..Amazing!! :clap:
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:iconrimrimrim:
rimrimrim Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
wow what a weird bird :D
I'm learning a lot through your photos
thank you
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
my pleasure, of course :D
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:iconlovethemess:
LoveTheMess Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww. Cute. :heart:
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:iconfawkes-winchester:
Fawkes-Winchester Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought Dodos were extinct :I *Shot*
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:iconaprecio:
aprecio Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
thank you for posting that rare one, and nice photo
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Thank you :aww:
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:iconstarling-aw:
Starling-AW Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Incredible. It's look like leave Dino.
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:iconsolacetiger:
solacetiger Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
What an interesting creature!! Gotta love that bill! It's crazy!
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:iconsolacetiger:
solacetiger Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
What an interesting creature!! Gotta love that bill! It's crazy!
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SwissBoolahbidiglah8 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^
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:iconmuffins13121:
muffins13121 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Lol!! Those birds are always funny.
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RainySkyz Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011   Writer
P.S. I have this photo collected in my Birds folder, which atm is on my front page, rotating through newest to oldest. Each time it shows this photo while I'm at my page, I stop, look and laugh. It cracks me up every time. He is such a hilarious looking, albeit handsome critter, with intense expression, almost as if he's laughing at us.
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:iconearthhart:
EarthHart Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
An amazing bird. Naturally it has the heaviest bill in the world. Great portrait, m'deer :clap:
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:iconrsiphotography:
rsiphotography Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
He looks like friendly enough bud, nice shot!:headbang:
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:icontetra-triforce:
Tetra-Triforce Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Looks like the inspiration for the birds in Skyward Sword
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:iconzeacorzeppelin:
ZeacorZeppelin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Angry birds! :lmao:
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:iconinu-mate-jm:
inu-mate-jm Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Now that's different.
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:iconizluver87:
IZluver87 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Wow! Thats one huge bill. 0_0 Lol
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:iconrathands:
Rathands Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D I like the name 'boat beaks' best.
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:iconwolfeyespirit:
wolfeyespirit Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
is this real animal ?
never seen this on animal planet or even book
:)
this photo prestpetive amazing
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:iconkrazoa-kescime:
Krazoa-Kescime Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe I always find them rather scary with the way they look at you xD never seen one in a zoo though ^^
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:iconrainyskyz:
RainySkyz Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011   Writer
AMAZING! For a moment I thought maybe it was a photomanip. They are so funny looking, as if they belong to extinct species. Pretty gray feathers though.
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redautumn102088 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
OMG thats my fav bird
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:iconbadpicsofbugsetc:
badpicsofbugsetc Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
V kterou denní dobu obvykle takhle pózují, prosím? :D
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
v zimě jsem je takto viděla pozovat pokaždé :D
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:iconbadpicsofbugsetc:
badpicsofbugsetc Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Šťastná to žena... Já je ještě neviděl změnit polohu. Nebýt tvých fotek, vážně bych je podezíral, že jsou vycpaní.
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
zkus tu zimu... ;)
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:iconcarabarts:
CarabARTS Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
this is a very cool bird!
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:icondraconicat:
Draconicat Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
That face is just irresistible. *grins* Terrific shot!
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snowboundhound70 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
wow thats an ugly bird. great pic though.
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