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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:





Thank you for your comments and faves :hug:
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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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:iconbegetbaubbles:
BegetBaubbles Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It looks like a dinosaur. Kind of makes you think, doesn't it?🤔
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:iconxiiate:
xiiate Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*me when i think my jokes are funny but nobody else does
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:iconcullyferg2010:
cullyferg2010 Featured By Owner May 14, 2017
Ha!  You think that joke's funny, hear this one!
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:iconaotearoa-geek13:
aotearoa-geek13 Featured By Owner May 11, 2017
awww, he looks so happy! La la la la Love 
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:iconkaceybarton-photo:
kaceybarton-photo Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I always wondered what kind of bird I took a snap of: Gaze

Thank you for all the information! And I love your photo! :)
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:iconevodolka:
Evodolka Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
i love these guys :D
they have the best looking heads of any bird
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:iconthestarlightprincess:
TheStarlightPrincess Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Great shot! :la: I love shoebills, such  a unique species of bird!... and because Skyward Sword's loftwings got its inspiration from them... ^^
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:iconhoneyjello:
honeyjello Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Student Digital Artist
he he big snout
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:iconprimrose1975:
primrose1975 Featured By Owner May 2, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I've only seen shoebills in books, you're lucky enough to take photos! :)
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:iconcaptainedwardteague:
CaptainEdwardTeague Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017   Traditional Artist
Loftwing
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:icondinodilopho:
DinoDilopho Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"
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:iconrhunel:
rhunel Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017   General Artist
Shoebill: "So you think I am funny looking, don't you?       HA      HA      HA   !   I think you are funnier looking than me!"
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:iconrahula87:
Rahula87 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great photo and cool informations, i love this bird species and they appearance gives them a mean look :XD: I like his/her mouth, never seen one^^
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:icongrendelkin:
Grendelkin Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like he just heard a good joke. ;)

Man, I love shoebills! :)
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:iconlindartz:
LindArtz Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll say it's rare! I've never seen one before.    It looks prehistoric.   Very interesting species.  Thanks for sharing. :)!!
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:iconkarredroses:
KarRedRoses Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Professional Artist
He's adorable. And he looks like he just told a joke and is waiting for the audience to laugh :lol:
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:iconshadowsteed15:
shadowsteed15 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Tenhle pták je naprosto úžasnej. :D Sice se pořád mračí, když se na vás dívá, ale je úžasnej. :D
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:iconthelittlehobbit:
TheLittleHobbit Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Oh my gosh! They're so creepy oO

But interesting...
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:iconreinareinareina3:
ReinaReinaReina3 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I agree XP
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:iconlemonkc:
lemonkc Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
"Derp!"
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:iconkazuma27:
Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, if there's a bird who looks like a tyrannosaur, well, that's him! One of my favorite avians since i was a kid ;)
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SSJGarfield Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
These birds are so gorgeous =D

In march of this year I went on a group-tour to Tokyo, Japan as part of a visit to the International Anime Fair. On the last full day, which was our free day, we went to Ueno Zoo (A 15 minute commute by train from where our hotel was) and I knew (Thanks to some research before I went to Japan) that Ueno Zoo had Shoebills, so I finally had the oppurtunity to see these birds in real life. I even bought myself a plush shoebill at the zoo xD

Here are some photo's of them which I took there:
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Oh and speaking of anime, the 8th episode of the anime series "Polar Bear Café" (Also known as Shirokuma Cafe), the first story segment featured a Shoebill who worked as an editor for a magazine who came to interview the owner of the Café which is, as the title of the series suggest, a large but friendly polar bear.

Here's a link to the episode in case you're interested
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
thanks for anime and hehe, great you could see them!
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:icondodgewolf123:
dodgewolf123 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is actually really scary...
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:iconroachguts:
Roachguts Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student General Artist
guaaaaa!

Gosh I love these birds so much >: They need more popularity.
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:iconitrenorez:
itrenorez Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow.. what an ancient bird..
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:iconconanthewolfboy:
conanthewolfboy Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"DERE'S A HAIR ON MY FISH!" X3
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:iconriley2016:
Riley2016 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Student Photographer
"Say what now??"
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:iconmramraj2113:
Mramraj2113 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
wass uppp!
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:iconrainbowtalon:
Rainbowtalon Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
He's so cute! But he looks old.
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:iconmrstickycomics:
MrstickyComics Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
It looks like it's going to eat mankind. Hilarious. XD
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:iconwinglei:
winglei Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol! that's awesome action pic!
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:iconfission-chips:
Fission-Chips Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student General Artist
This is a great photo.
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:iconmishkuu:
mishkuu Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
this makes me incredibly happy! :iconilavplz:
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:iconmishkuu:
mishkuu Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
you've been featured! [link]
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:iconmiss-zenith:
Miss-Zenith Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, I've never seen anything like this before! What an incredible creature!
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:icongloamingwithies:
Gloamingwithies Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
omg!!!
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:iconizluver87:
IZluver87 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Hello there. U have the strangest looking tongue iv ever seen.
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:iconbleedingsoul453:
bleedingsoul453 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
that's what I look like on a good day. hahahaha jk
that bird has now become my new favourite animal!!! :la:
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:iconkawaiitea:
KawaiiTea Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Aww how cute! It looks like the bird is smiling :giggle:
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:iconboskiss:
boskiss Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
It looks likes hes smiling :) aww cute :D
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NewDawnAugust Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
oh my god
I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THIS
fantastic job, and such a unique subject matter!
ugh, i think i found my spirit animal
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Thank you :aww:
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:iconlookforowls:
LookForOwls Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks happy, but yet i think im scared of it...
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:iconthe-dazzling-void:
the-dazzling-void Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist
he looks like he's saying "ha!"
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:iconpipedreamdragon:
pipedreamdragon Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah, definitely nightmares
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:iconpinkpandaaa:
pinkpandaaa Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This bird is amazing! I find it strangely adorable...It really seems to be laughing because of its comical proportions.
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:iconjaz-lyn:
jaz-lyn Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Weeeirrddd.
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:iconflorgi:
florgi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Our world is so big.
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:iconsamoholic:
samoholic Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Man, this bird looks like such a grump! :stare:
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