The shoe-billed stork is one of the oldest birds living with us. It was more than 4 feet tall, seemingly looking into the distance. These birds surely look scary!
However, such a statement is too harsh for these harmless birds. They are not hostile to humans despite their appearance. In addition, these birds can stand for hours.
These birds usually stand still while moving their heads in short bursts. Yellow-green eyes with a shoe-shaped beak make the bird look like a cartoon.
The bird’s head movements mimic a robot. Honestly, the bird looks like it’s silently judging us! Sometimes it looks like a movie prop.
East Africa is the natural home of the shoebill stork. It mainly lives in swamps. The bird has created some difficulties for scientists. They don’t know how to classify species.
There is confusion about the fact that the shoe-bill stork is not actually a stork. In fact, it’s not really a stork. On the other hand, this ‘stork’ is more closely related to the pelican.
“Whale Head” is another name for the bird. However, this name is becoming increasingly uncommon. This exotic bird even has its own website.
It contains all the information one might want to know about the shoe-bill stork. Furthermore, the website mentions storks as “the scariest bird in the world.” Do you think they are too harsh on the bird?
As mentioned earlier, the birds do not attack humans. Fish are their main food source. Moreover, they have been known to eat smaller animals such as turtles and rodents.
However, this is an uncommon occurrence. Therefore, they have a carnivorous diet.
These birds use their bills to communicate. They will make rattling noises with their bills to communicate with the rest of the species. They will also make rare whines to communicate. However, this is a rare occurrence. These birds have been known for a long time. They go back to ancient Egypt.