The shoe-billed stork is one of the oldest birds living with us. It stands at over 4 feet tall, seemingly gazing in the distance. These birds certainly look creepy! However, such a statement is too harsh for these harmless birds. They are not hostile towards humans despite their appearance. Additionally, these birds can stand for many hours.
These birds often stand still while moving their head in short bursts. The yellow-green eyes with a shoe-shaped bill makes the bird look like a cartoon. The bird’s head movements mimic a robot. Honestly, the bird looks like it is silently judging us! It ends up looking like a movie prop sometimes.
East Africa is the natural home of the shoe-billed stork. It mainly lives in swamps. The bird has created some difficulties for scientists. They do not know how to classify the species. There is confusion over the fact the shoe-billed stork is not really a stork. In fact, it is not really a stork. On the other hand, this ‘stork’ is more closely related to pelicans.
“Whalehead” is another name for the bird. However, this name is becoming increasingly uncommon. This bizarre bird even has its own website. It contains all the information one might want to know about the shoe-billed stork. Moreover, the web page refers to the stork as the “most terrifying bird in the world.” Don’t you think they are being too harsh on the bird?
As mentioned earlier, the birds do not attack humans. Fish are their main source of food. Moreover, they have been known to eat smaller animals such as turtles and rodents. However, this is an uncommon happening. Therefore, they have a carnivorous diet.
These bird use their bills for communication. They will make clattering noises with their bills in order to communicate with the rest of their species. They will make rare mooing noises as well to communicate. However, this is a rare occurrence. These birds have been known for a long time. They go all the way back to ancient Egypt.