The Shoebill was another one of our target species in Uganda. It is a most bizarre-looking bird, and lives in permanent and undisturbed papyrus swamps (where it feeds almost exclusively on lungfish), so habitat destruction is a serious threat to the survival of this species. It is believed to be related to storks, but has also been linked to pelicans and herons - however it represents the sole member of the family Balaenicipitidae.
We were fortunate to see 3 of these birds at the Mabamba Bay Wetlands, which is a Ramsar site, and located south of Kampala and north-west of Entebbe (near Lake Victoria). To communicate, a pair will signal to each other with a loud clap of the shoe-shaped bill.
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