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Published: April 15, 2011
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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:


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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To see more, look at my ZOO and BIG CATS GALLERY :aww:

This photo belongs to me and I can very easily prove, that it was me, who took this shot. So please, respect my copyright :nod: if you want to use my work, ask me first to gain my permission, please! Thank you :lol:
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Apr 9, 2011, 9:31:48 AM
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Chateaugay's avatar
ALL birds are pretty... yes, you too, Shoebill! :aww:
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BegetBaubblesHobbyist Artisan Crafter
It looks like a dinosaur. Kind of makes you think, doesn't it?🤔
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xiiateHobbyist Digital Artist
*me when i think my jokes are funny but nobody else does
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Ha!  You think that joke's funny, hear this one!
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awww, he looks so happy! La la la la Love 
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kaceybarton-photoHobbyist 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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EvodolkaHobbyist Traditional Artist
i love these guys :D
they have the best looking heads of any bird
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TheStarlightPrincessHobbyist 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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honeyjelloStudent Digital Artist
he he big snout
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primrose1975Hobbyist Photographer
I've only seen shoebills in books, you're lucky enough to take photos! :)
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rhunel 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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Rahula87Hobbyist 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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GrendelkinHobbyist General Artist
Looks like he just heard a good joke. ;)

Man, I love shoebills! :)
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LindArtzHobbyist 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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KarRedRosesProfessional 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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Tenhle pták je naprosto úžasnej. :D Sice se pořád mračí, když se na vás dívá, ale je úžasnej. :D
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Oh my gosh! They're so creepy oO

But interesting...
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ReinaReinaReina3Student Traditional Artist
I agree XP
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Kazuma27Hobbyist 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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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:

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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thanks for anime and hehe, great you could see them!
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