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Encyclopedia > Balaenicipitidae
Conservation status: Lower Risk (nt)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Balaenicipitidae
Genus: Balaeniceps
Species: rex
Binomial name
Balaeniceps rex
(Gould, 1850)

The Shoebill or Whalehead (Balaeniceps rex) is a very large bird related to the storks. It derives its name from its massive shoe-shaped bill.

The Shoebill is a large (60in) grey bird, although the juveniles are browner. It lives in tropical east Africa, especially Uganda. It nests on the ground, laying 2 eggs.

Shoebills feed in muddy waters, preying on lungfish and similar fish.

The Shoebill makes up one of the families in the order Ciconiiformes, which also includes other wading bird groups:


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BALAENICIPITIDAE - SHOEBILL by Stein Nilsen — last modified 2006-03-10 11:26
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