SHOEBILL STORK (alaeniceps rex), also known as Whalehead
- Noted for its large head and unusually long and wide, many-colored bill, which ends in a hooked tip.
- It has broad wings and long, strong legs with large, unwebbed feet.
- A solitary, silent bird, the shoebill stork is native to the marshy banks of the papyrus swamps of the East African White Nile and its tributaries, where it feeds on a diet of frogs, small crocodiles, and especially lungfish and other mud puddle fish.
- It obtains this diet by probing the mud with its bootlike bill.
- Partially nocturnal, it tends to be sluggish but is nonetheless a strong flyer and soarer.
- In several respects, shoebills are similar to herons, e.g., they fly with their heads and necks folded back.
- A ground nester, the shoebill deposits its one or two chalky white eggs in a nest of grasses on a high, dry spot, where its downy young remain, helpless for some time after hatching
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