18 Jun 2014

Discover’s Uganda’s Shoebill Stork – The Statue Bird

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The Shoebill birds mostly known for their habit of staying motionless for very long time in the same place; which makes it appear like a statue. Unfortunately these are reducing in number since people are changing their habitats -the swamp into residential or farmland, and also because fish that eats their food has been introduced in their habitat.

Shoebill-StorkWhere does the Shoebill live?

Generally the Shoebill lives in the different swamps across Africa. The Shoebill bird is extremely sensitive to the disturbance of people and this may make it to abandon its nesting place.

What does the Shoebill Stork eat?

Their most preferred food is the mamba, which is a lungfish. In addition they have been observed feeding on chicks plus baby crocodiles. These birds feed in muddy water and live in swamps. They also feed on prey such as cat fish, water snakes, frogs, lung fish, plus baby crocodiles.

What is a Shoebill Stork like?

When you look at a Shoebill, the most outstanding character or habit about it is that it remains in the same place for a long time. It sits quietly in the swamps as it waits for the approaching fish. Once it sees any one, it suspends its entire body on the water surface and grabs the fish using its beak.

The shoe bill also referred to as shoe billed stork is among the most rare species of birds in Uganda and it is only seen in the wetland areas hence attracts a large number of safaris into Uganda. This unique bird is a really large and it got its name from its characteristic large shoe-shaped beak.

Where to see the Shoebill Stork?

They are commonly seen in the Murchison falls national park along the River Nile, in the Ishasha area of queen Elizabeth National Park, as well as Mabamba wetland. The shoe billed bird lays 2 eggs every year thus making it a highly endangered species. They don’t nest in groups due to their solitary character.

The interactions of this bird with other bird species remain unclear to many due to their humble character. The distinctive habits of these birds have fascinated not only bird lovers but even other holiday makers and caused several of them to return for another holiday in Uganda just to see them.

Taking a safari with Africa Nature Trekkers will offer you the golden opportunity to closely see and personally experience this unique bird.