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This is a Shoebill and they are known to prey on baby crocodiles, amongst other species
The juveniles are browner than the adults, which are mostly gray. It inhabits expansive marshes in tropical East Africa, from South Sudan to Zambia.
Due to their solitary nature, shoebills forage at least 20 meters (66 feet) apart, even in areas that are rather densely populated. Keep scrolling to see what Redditors had to chirp into this discovery.
Hitting their prey with the machine gun
This Redditor believes shoebills are so cool
Shoebills actually sound like machine guns
According to this Redditor, they are consummate hunters
That looks like a person in a bird costume
This species patiently and slowly hunts its prey while hiding. The shoebill moves very slowly and is frequently immobile when hunting.
This species does not have a reputation for using tactile hunting techniques, unlike some other large waders. Instead, it hunts entirely by vision.
When prey is spotted, it strikes quickly and violently. However, handling time after the strike can last longer than 10 minutes, depending on the size of the prey.
About 60% of strikes result in a kill. During the strike, water and vegetation are frequently snatched up and spilled out from the edges of the mandibles.
They can approach pretty close to the nest
According to this Redditor, it looked so unrealistic
I have mastered the art of moving so incredibly well
They look like real life muppets
It is pretty cool to watch
She's a clever girl
For this Redditor, shoebill are creepy looking
Why do these exist and they are dinosaurs, no?
This Redditor is asking their own greetings
Hippopotamus activity may unintentionally help the shoebill because periodically, submerged hippos force fish to the surface. The shoebill can hunt large prey thanks to its razor-edged beak, enormous bill, and broad gape, frequently going after prey that is larger than what other large wading birds can capture.
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