Meet the wonderfully odd Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)! Also called the Show-Billed Stork and the Whale-Head, this species of bird native to the stamps and marshes of central East Africa. Listed as vulnerable in the wild, they are disturbed by habitat destruction and killing for their meat. These birds feed on fish, but also eat animals such as frogs, snakes, monitors, and young crocodiles. They are solitary birds even when mating, the pair sticks together to defend a territory while their protect a rather large nest of 1 to 3 eggs. Places that hold this amazing birds include @dallas_world_aquarium , @houstonzoo , @sdzsafaripark , @zootampa , and more.
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