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A shoebill in a San Diego zoo
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From shoe +‎ bill.



shoebill (plural shoebills)

  1. Balaeniceps rex, a tall wading bird related to the stork, native to tropical African swamps; the sole species of the family Balaenicipitidae.
    • 1992, James Hancock, James A. Kushlan, M. Philip Kahl, Storks, Ibises and Spoonbills of the World, 2010, unnumbered page,
      The Shoebill is distinctive in many aspects of its biology, and is thus, we feel, most appropriately placed in its own family, the Balaenicipitidae (L. Buxton et al. 1978, Kahl 1979a). The fact that we have included it in this book, while excluding the Hamerkop, indicates that we believe the Shoebill to be closer to the storks (Kahl 1967b, 1979c); however the jury remains out as to how close.
    • 2009, Philip Briggs, Janice Booth, Rwanda, 4th Edition, Bradt Travel Guides, page 405,
      Nevertheless, Birdlife International recently classified it as near-globally threatened, and it is classed as CITES Appendix 2, which means that trade in shoebills, or their capture for any harmful activity, is forbidden by international law.
    • 2014, Jamie Frater,'s Epic Book of Mind-Boggling Lists, page 605,
      The monstrous and awesome shoebill is possibly the most bizarre bird on the African continent.



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