Shoebill (Balaenicipitidae)

Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) - HBW 1, p. 471

French: Bec en sabot du Nil German: Schuhschnabel Spanish: Picozapato
Other common names: Shoe billed/Whale headed Stork, Bog Bird

Taxonomy: Balaeniceps rex Gould, 1850, Upper White Nile..
Some morphological and behavioural affinities with Ardeidae, Scopidae and Pelecanidae. Has been considered a member of the Ciconiidae, but recent work on DNA suggests best situated within Pelecanidae. Monotypic.

Distribution: Sudan and S Ethiopia to S Zaire and N Zambia.

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