Order Pelecaniformes

Family Balaenicipitidae

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  • Large, long-legged wading birds with huge, bulbous bill.
  • East and Central Africa.
  • Swamps, usually with papyrus.
  • 120-120 cm.
  • 1 genus, 1 species, 1 taxon.
  • 1 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Elliott, A. (2019). Shoebill (Balaenicipitidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52206 on 11 December 2019).