Shoebills hunt for food by standing as still as statues or by walking slowly in muddy waters.
Shoebills, like storks have a surprising way of staying cool on hot days: by defecating (pooping) on their legs--cooling by evaporation
Of the five zoos in Japan that keep shoebills
, Izu Shaboten Park in Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture, is home to the oldest, "Bill," cared for by 24-year-old female breeder Mai Hirokawa.
reproduce slowly, as they take many years to reach sexual maturity, and are very shy when breeding.
The first involves a bird called a shoebill
-- and when they talk about birds descended from dinosaurs you can really see it with this cold-eyed creature.
The groups now thought to be closest to pelicans, the shoebill
and hamerkop, must also have differentiated very early," New Scientist quoted Louchart as saying.
The appendices present additions to the Ugandan list since January 2000, species whose occurrence is poorly documented, species whose occurrence is considered to be erroneous, and estimates of bird populations for a few species such as the iconic Shoebill
(Balaeaniceps rex) which has 1-200 pairs.
IT looks like a creature from Jurassic Park but this giant Shoebill
bird is a rare beauty to conservationists.
I've seen shoebill
storks, kingfishers and swallows," she says excitedly.