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shoe·bill

 (sho͞o′bĭl′)
n.
A tall wading bird (Balaeniceps rex) native to swampy regions of eastern tropical Africa, having slaty plumage, long legs, a stubby neck, and a large shoelike bill with a hook on the upper mandible.

shoebill

(ˈʃuːˌbɪl)
n
(Animals) a large wading bird, Balaeniceps rex, of tropical E African swamps, having a dark plumage, a large head, and a large broad bill: family Balaenicipitidae, order Ciconiiformes
[C19: so named because of the shape of its bill]

shoe•bill

(ˈʃuˌbɪl)

n.
a large, storklike bird, Balaeniceps rex, of E Africa, having a very broad, mottled bill.
[1870–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shoebill - large stork-like bird of the valley of the White Nile with a broad bill suggesting a wooden shoeshoebill - large stork-like bird of the valley of the White Nile with a broad bill suggesting a wooden shoe
wader, wading bird - any of many long-legged birds that wade in water in search of food
Balaeniceps, genus Balaeniceps - type genus of the Balaenicipitidae: shoebills
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Of the five zoos in Japan that keep shoebills, Izu Shaboten Park in Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture, is home to the oldest, "Bill," cared for by 24-year-old female breeder Mai Hirokawa.
Shoebills reproduce slowly, as they take many years to reach sexual maturity, and are very shy when breeding.
Shoebills walk slowly through African marshes, looking for fish, frogs, or young turtles to eat.