Balaeniceps rex (Shoebill)


Dutch: Schoenbekooievaar

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Balaenicipitidae
Genus: Balaeniceps
Species: Balaeniceps rex

Many thanks to the Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt, for allowing us to photograph this specimen.

Side, top and bottom view of skull. (Click on image to enlarge)

Length: 250 mm
Length cranium: 70 mm
Width (cranium): 80 mm
Height (cranium): 46 mm
Alternative names: Schuhschnabel (German), Bec-en-sabot du Nil (French), Picozapato (Spanish)