31 Aug '15, 11pm

While in Uganda, Noah encounters a shoebill. #NoahsBigYear

While in Uganda, Noah encounters a shoebill. #NoahsBigYear

The Shoebill resembles no other bird on Earth. It stands nearly four feet tall with a massive beak and weird eyes and a cowlick on the back of its head, and always seems to be glowering down with curious disapproval. The Shoebill makes no sound except an occasional bill-snap; it doesn’t blink; it often stands statue-still for long periods of time; it eats lungfish and has been recorded attacking fish more than three feet long; it mostly lives in remote swamps (perhaps most commonly in South Sudan, though nobody seems to be sure); it lays two eggs of which only one ever survives; and it’s not closely related to any other birds. Ornithologists think pelicans may be a distant relative, though I wonder about an animatronic muppet-pterodactyl hybrid. Virtually everyone who has ever seen a Shoebill went to Uganda to see it, and virtually everyone who has seen one in Uganda found...

Full article: https://www.audubon.org/news/day-241-shoebill

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