French: Bec-en-sabot du Nil German: Schuhschnabel Spanish: Picozapato
upper White Nile
South Sudan and SW Ethiopia to S DRCongo and N Zambia; irregular non-breeding visitor in Central African Republic.
120 cm; male 6·7 kg, female 4·36–5·9 kg. Unmistakable, with unique, highly conspicuous bill; flight-feathers darker, dull green gloss on upperparts, iris variable, grey... read more
Usually silent, although may utter an occasional raucous cry when soaring. At nest utters a high-... read more
Inhabits extensive marshes particularly, although not exclusively, those formed by a mixture of... read more
Food and feeding
Fish, particularly lungfish (Protopterus aethiopicus), are the principal prey. Other fish taken include the Senegal bichir (... read more
Timing of breeding season is linked to water levels. Eggs laid at end of rains, as waters start to recede, and chicks fledge in late dry... read more
Sedentary. Small-scale displacements for feeding occur, related to changes in water levels. In S... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. CITES II. Recent estimates have put the global population at 5000–8000 birds but this figure may be too low and there may be up to 10,000 individuals. In... read more
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