/shooh"bil'/, n.
a large, African, storklike bird, Balaeniceps rex, having a broad, flattened bill shaped somewhat like a shoe.
[1870-75; SHOE + BILL2]

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also called  shoe-billed stork  or  whale-headed stork 

      large African wading bird, a single species that constitutes the family Balaenicipitidae (order Ciconiiformes (ciconiiform)). The species is named for its clog-shaped bill, which is an adaptation for catching and holding the large, slippery lungfish, its favourite food. This big bird also eats turtles (turtle), fish, and young crocodiles (crocodile). Shoebills stand about 115 cm (3.8 feet) tall. They are entirely gray, with broad wings and long legs. The head is large in proportion to the body, and the eyes are also exceptionally large. The shoebill claps the mandibles of its bill together as a display, producing a loud, hollow sound. Like herons (heron) and pelicans (pelican), shoebills fly with the head held back against the body. They nest on either floating vegetation or solid mounds and lay one to three white eggs, which hatch in about 30 days. Shoebills inhabit swampy regions in and around the White Nile (White Nile River) area of northeastern Africa.

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  • Shoebill — Shoe bill , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A large African wading bird ({Bal[ae]niceps rex}) allied to the storks and herons, and remarkable for its enormous broad swollen bill. It inhabits the valley of the White Nile. See Illust. (l.) of {Beak}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shoebill — [sho͞o′bil΄] n. a large wading bird (Balaeniceps rex), the only member of its family (Balaenicipitidae), with long legs and a heavy, shoelike bill: found along the White Nile in central Africa …   English World dictionary

  • Shoebill — Taxobox name = Shoebill status = VU | status system = IUCN3.1 status ref = [IUCN2006|assessors=BirdLife International|year=2006|id=2473|title=Balaeniceps rex|downloaded=11 May 2006 Database entry includes a range map and justification for why… …   Wikipedia

  • shoebill — klumpiasnapiai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Balaeniceps angl. shoebill vok. Schuhschnabel, m rus. китоглав, m; королевская цапля, f pranc. bec en sabot, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – klumpiasnapiniai siauresnis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • shoebill — klumpiasnapis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Balaeniceps rex angl. shoebill vok. Schuhschnabel, m rus. китоглав, m; королевская цапля, f pranc. bec en sabot du Nil, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – klumpiasnapiai …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • shoebill — klumpiasnapiniai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Balaenicipitidae angl. shoebill vok. Schuhschnäbel rus. китоглавовые pranc. balénicipitidés ryšiai: platesnis terminas – gandriniai paukščiai siauresnis terminas –… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • shoebill — noun Date: 1861 a large gray wading bird (Balaeniceps rex) related to the storks and herons that inhabits wetlands of eastern Africa and has a thick broad bill …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • shoebill — noun /ˈʃu.bɪl/lang=en A tall wading bird related to the stork, native to tropical African swamps …   Wiktionary

  • shoebill — n. species of African bird related to the stork …   English contemporary dictionary

  • shoebill — noun an African stork with grey plumage and a very large bill shaped like a clog. [Balaeniceps rex.] …   English new terms dictionary

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