Shoebill stork (Balaeniceps rex)
- Dutch name:
- English name:
- Shoebill stork
- German name:
- French name:
- Bec-en-sabot du Nil
- Scientific name:
- Balaeniceps rex
Male and Female
The plumage of adult birds is blue-grey with darker slaty-grey flight feathers. The breast presents some elongated feathers, which have dark shafts.
The juvenile has a similar plumage colour, but is a darker grey with a brown tinge. When they are first born, shoebills have a more modestly-sized bill, which is initially silvery-grey. The bill becomes more noticeably large when the chicks are 23 days old and becomes well developed by 43 days.
- Body Length (cm):
- The male (drake) of the Shoebill stork measures approximately 110-140 centimeters. The female measures approximately 110-140 centimeters.
- Body Weight (grams):
- The male will weight about 5600 gram. The female will weight about 4900 gram.
The weight is notoriously variable and can only be used as indication!
The chick takes three to fours years to reach reproductive maturity.
In captivity, the shoebill has lived as long as thirty-six years and even up to fifty years according to one report. Its lifespan in the wild is unknown.
- The female Shoebill stork usually lays from 1-3 bluish-white at first, but soon become flecked with brown eggs and incubates them for 29-31 days.
- Recommended closed leg band ring size for the Shoebill stork is mm.The leg band ring can only be applied on a young at around days old.
- It doesn't matter what leg that you band, but it's good to have a consistent system. Suggested: Left leg = Female, Right leg = Male
- No information about regulation available