About the Shoebill
Also known as: Whalehead, Shoebill Stork, Bog Bird, Bogbird, Shoe-billed Stork, Whale-headed Stork

The Shoebill is a large stork-like bird related to pelicans, boobies and frigatebirds. They live in parts of eastern Africa, with most individuals living in the Sudan. Their conservation status is considered vulnerable, mainly due to habitat loss.

Shoebills have a mostly grey plumage and are named for their huge shoe-shaped bills. They prefer swampy habitats. Shoebills feed mainly on small aquatic animals like fish and frogs. They will also take small mammals.

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