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The Shoebill is a large bird that is native to Africa. It gets its name from the shape of its beak, which is similar to a shoe. This bird is a member of the stork family and it is the only species that lives in Africa.

The Shoebill is a very large bird. It can grow up to 4 feet tall and it has a wingspan of 6 feet. It has a thick neck and a large head. Its beak is long and curved, and it is black in colour. The body of the Shoebill is grey or white, and its legs are red.

The Shoebill lives in swamps and marshes in Africa. It feeds on fish, frogs, and other small animals. It uses its long beak to catch its prey.

The Shoebill is a very rare bird. There are only about 5,000 of them left in the world. They are threatened by habitat loss and hunting.

Animal population
5000 – 8000
Population
IUCN Classification
Vulnerable (VU)
IUCN Classification

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Geeky Facts about the Shoebill

Fact 1

When flying its flapping is one of the slowest of any birds, at a mere (approx.) 150 flaps per minute.

Fact 2

Shoebills are also called whale-headed storks.

Fact 3

They are brave – even attacking crocodiles.

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