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Shoebilled Stork In A Forest Stock PhotoAnimal Body Part,Animal Themes,Animal Wildlife,Animals In The Wild,Beak,Bird,Color Image,Day,Feather,Field,Focus On Foreground,Forest,Grass Family,No People,One Animal,Outdoors,Photography,Plant,Shoebilled Stork,Side View,Stork,Vertical,ZoologyPhotographer Martin HarveyCollection: Gallo Images The shoebill (also known as the shoe-billed stork or whale-headed stork) is native to the upper reaches of the White Nile in Uganda. It has a little tuft of feathers at the back of its head, and a huge, hooked bill. Despite its size and clumsiness, it settles in trees to roost at night. It is possible that, despite its common names, the shoebill is not genetically linked to the stork family.Large, grey, long-legged, swamp-dwelling African bird Balaeniceps rex. Up to 1.5 m/5 ft tall, it has a large wide beak 20 cm/8 in long and more than 10 cm/4 in wide, with which it scoops fish, molluscs, reptiles, and carrion out of the mud. Shoebills occupy largish territories of several square kilometres and build their nests on floating mats of vegetation, approximately 1.5 m in diameter.