Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Nature Notes: Shoebill

A shoebill is an impressive bird, up to five feet tall and with a massive beak. They will prey on fish, small mammals and even baby crocodiles.They can even manage lungfish and those are up to 5 feet long themselves (although most are smaller, but at least 1 ft long). The hook at the front of the beak help the shoebill to hold on to its prey once it's caught.
Schuhschnabel Portrait
They nest in marshy areas, sometimes on heaps of plant material that are adrift on the water, but usually on land. To keep their eggs from overheating, both parents turn them around at regular intervals and bring water in their beaks to keep them cool.
Photos were taken at Frankfurt Zoo.

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