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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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:iconcoonart:
CoonArt Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
He looks kinda... evil...
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:iconidolrebel:
IdolRebel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love these creepy birds.
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:iconaurora9912:
Aurora9912 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!
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:iconpearlypony:
PearlyPony Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   General Artist
Really is a fascinating look bird. Well done on all your awesome photography!
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:iconmagnix:
Magnix Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Gorgeous bird. I'd love to see one up close...
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Fermin-Tenava Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I love shoebills! I would like to see one in a german ZOO, but I guess that's unlikely. (But I will remember if I ever visit Prague.)
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
in Germany, they are kept in Walsrode (Weltvogelpark) and in Wuppertal :D
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:iconfermin-tenava:
Fermin-Tenava Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
That's bad, none of them is reachable for me :(
But thank a lot for the information.
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:iconapexpredator7:
apexpredator7 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I'll never feel the same about shoebills after the Africa episode but nice picture
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:icondarthindy:
DarthIndy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome shot. Looks like the Skeksi from the Dark Crystal!
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:iconbildersammlerin:
Bildersammlerin Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
What a strange but funny bird! He looks watchful and a little curious as well as bold.
I really like focus and cut. Great capture! :)
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:iconof-the-skies:
of-the-skies Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
IT'S A LOFTWING!!! :iconwooooplz:
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:iconxerotigercat:
xerotigercat Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Shoebill awesome! I used to see all the time at the SD WAP
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:iconjuliawolfz:
JuliaWolfz Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
It looks like the Loftwings from Skyward sword O: ^^ Its so pretty c:
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:iconjuliawolfz:
JuliaWolfz Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Guessing its what they based them off of XD
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:iconuahmarzuaaoatali:
UahMarzuaAoatali Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Loftwing IRL :D
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:iconchateaugay:
Chateaugay Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Jimmy Durante nose! :giggle:
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:iconhumano-normal:
Humano-Normal Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Ahhh! This animal is almost as tall as me ;-; I will be scared if I see one
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:iconpans-music-box:
Pans-Music-Box Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Loftwing? :P
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:iconforgottensoul25:
forgottensoul25 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Whoa I've never seen a bird like that before!
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:icontinkerbird08:
Tinkerbird08 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
=D LOVE!
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:iconshinnyhell:
shinnyhell Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
the first time i saw this i KNEW that, it was the one in prague.
very nice shot of this gorgeous bird <3
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:iconluna-05:
luna-05 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Him/Her - Whatcha lookin' at?
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:iconannabeld:
AnnabelD Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012   General Artist
I've never heard of this kind of bird before! It kind of looks like a muppet. o_o Very interesting.
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:iconskittlebittle:
SkittleBittle Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist
If I owned this bird, maybe my neighbors would move away finally. :)
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:iconredaxelnax:
Redaxelnax Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
I love shoebills! they have such friendly lookin faces! :XD:
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:iconpanda1019:
Panda1019 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Whoooa! That bird is scary! Nice shot, anyways!
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:iconsquirrelfl1ght4evr:
Squirrelfl1ght4evr Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SHOEBILLS! <3
I love shoebills so much <3
Do you have any more shoebill pictures? ~
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:icondinjai:
Dinjai Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good work!
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Thank you :aww:
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:iconincolor16:
incolor16 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome
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SakuraNakamura Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So cool!
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scarletdragon619 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
What an awesome bird!
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:iconpokeninjagirl:
Pokeninjagirl Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D What a funny looking birdie! ^^
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dorothy10 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
LOL! What a cutie! :D
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:iconpenofgold:
PenofGold Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You know what this says?

"Your shit will not be tolerated."

I love this! XD
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:iconfendaris:
Fendaris Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
I have never even heard of this type of bird! Amazing shot and thanks for the info!
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Thank you :aww:
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:iconoakleatiger:
oakleatiger Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Great picture! That is such an interesting bird but I can't help to think... chocobo anyone?
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:iconnarutoluvs:
narutoluvs Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
so cute :D

I love unique animals like this<3
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:iconalenius:
Alenius Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
That bird will fuck someone up!
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:iconhotaru-tomoe78:
Hotaru-Tomoe78 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That look says "Don't mess with me!"
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awesomenessofpivot Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I can't deiced if it's real or not XD;; But it looks very nice!! :)
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Blodsravn Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
thanks, l've been locking for this guy since there was an article about them in National Geografic many years ago! :) now l finaly have the name and a photo again to "hang him on" :)
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
I am glad I could help :D
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:iconblodsravn:
Blodsravn Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
l just fell in love with this funny guy with the big beak!
in the article there was some text about people not even ounderstanding who thay could survive, becouse thare nest drowns and thay are terrible and clombsy hunters! :)
l guess l have so see if l can find it again! :)
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cmsART Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh! It's a dinosaur! xD
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SKSfoto Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
When did you go to Prague zoo?
I went there monday and got some shots of those too :3
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
I went there many times :)
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:iconsksfoto:
SKSfoto Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, okay :b
It's a lovely zoo ^^
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