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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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CoonArt Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
He looks kinda... evil...
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IdolRebel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love these creepy birds.
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Aurora9912 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!
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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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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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woxys Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
in Germany, they are kept in Walsrode (Weltvogelpark) and in Wuppertal :D
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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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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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DarthIndy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome shot. Looks like the Skeksi from the Dark Crystal!
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