Uganda's Shoebill Stork

UGANDA'S SHOEBILL STORK

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The shoebill stork is also commonly known as whale head with a long-legged, large stork-like bird that got its name from its large-sized shoe-shaped bill. They are among the five unique desired birds in Africa and have been classified as the Ciconiiformes as a result of their morphology.  adult shoebill is always grey in color and their young ones always brown, shoebill birds are found in Tropical East Africa along the large freshwater swamps. 

 

The shoebill stork is a slow bird that does not even fly for more than 500 meters depending on each shoebill, size, the shoebill's distance of flying ranges between 100m-500m because of its large nature and its flapping rate is about 150 flapper minutes.  As it flies, its neck retracts.

 

The shoebill stork is described as a statue-bird species due to the fact that they are found standing and staying for a long period of time. They hate any kind of disturbances from humans therefore once there is any disturbance by humans, they can leave their nests and look for habitation somewhere else.

 

Shoebill stork birds are always silent, shoebill makes machine awesome- gun noise often performs while bill-cluttering displays during the nesting season as a sign of communication together with the young ones.

 

The shoebill stork feed on prey such as fish like tilapia, Catfish, lungfish, and small fish as well as frogs, baby crocodiles, snails, snakes, rodents, turtles, Nile monitor lizards, and small waterfowls, and the shoebills stay in muddy waters as they stalk prey slowly while waiting to ambush them. 

 

The shoebill stork is found in freshwater swamp areas of central tropical Africa in parts of Uganda, Rwanda, southern Sudan, eastern Congo, West of Tanzania, and in the north part of Zambia

 

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