Shaebill

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Shaebill
Conservation status
Scienteefic classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Balaenicipitidae
Bonaparte, 1853
Genus: Balaeniceps
Gould, 1850
Species: B. rex
Binomial name
Balaeniceps rex
Gould, 1850

The Shaebill (Balaeniceps rex) an aa kent as Whalehead or Shae-billed Stork, is a very lairge stork-lik bird. It derives its name frae its massive shae-shaped bill. Altho it haes a somewhit stork-lik oweraw furm an haes previously been classified in the order Ciconiiformes, its true affiliations wi ither livin birds is ambiguous. Some authorities nou reclassify it wi the Pelecaniformes. The adult is mainly grey while the juveniles are brouner. It lives in tropical east Africae in lairge swamps frae Sudan tae Zambie.[2]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. BirdLife International (2008). Balaeniceps rex. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red Leet o Threatened Species. Retrieved 3 February 2009. Database entry includes a range map and justification for why this species is vulnerable.
  2. del Hoyo, J. Elliott, A. & Sargatal, J. (editors). (1992) Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 1: Ostrich to Ducks. Lynx Edicions. ISBN 84-87334-10-5