Tuesday, June 7

Facts about Shoebill Storks

Shoebill Stork Facts

Are you ready to learn some cool facts about Shoebill storks? Have you ever heard about the Shoebill storks? I read a post about them on Facebook awhile back, but I didn’t think they were real. I did some research and a lot of reading and to my amazement they are most definitely real storks. They are very tall and unique birds. Shoebill storks are closely related to pelicans and herons.


Have you ever seen a Shoebill stork before?


Facts about Shoebill storks:

1. Balaeniceps rex is the Shoebills scientific name. The Shoebill is also known as the Shoebill stork, and whalehead.

2. The Shoebill stork can get up to five feet tall. Shoebill storks have a wingspan that can get up to a little over 7 feet wide. Shoebill storks can weigh up to about 12 pounds. Depending on which Shoebill it could weigh a little more or a little less.

3. A Shoebill can live up to 35 years in the wild and up to 50 years in captivity.

4. Shoebills can fly, but not for long periods of time.

5. Shoebills are wading birds. They need access to water. So, the Shoebills lives in or near marshes and swampy areas. They live in places in East Africa. Here is a list of some those places in alphabetical order:

  • Botswana 
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Sudan 
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

6. Shoebills are carnivores. Carnivore means they only eat meat. It eats mainly fish, small crocodiles, snakes, lizards, and other food sources. They search for their food in the shallow waters of the swamps and marshes.

7. Did you ever hear of Jim Henson's Animal Show? A puppet named Wingo the Shoebill appears in the episode called Stork and Shoebill. On that episode Wingo the Shoebill tells the viewers all about the Shoebill storks.

8. Shoebills make some pretty loud noises. Some people say the noises sound like a machine gun or tribal drums. With your parents/caretaker’s permission google Shoebill stork sounds and hear for yourself what they sound like.


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Books about Shoebills:

1. THE SHOEBILL Do Your Kids Know This? by Tanya Turner

2. Facts About The Shoebill Stork by Lisa Strattin

3. The Little Shoebill by Kabaso Kampamba

4. Shoebills (Spooky Animals) by Grace Hansen

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