S number 1 is for Shoebill Stork
Shoebill storks live in Africa, and are unusual, prehistoric-looking birds, about one and half metres tall. They have extraordinary, up to 30 cm long, shoe-shaped bills from which they derive their name.
Not a huge amount is known about them – they hunt at night, are quite solitary, and live in impenetrable marshes.
They catch and eat reptiles, lungfish, waterfowl, rats and even small crocodiles with their incredible bills, killing swiftly with a sharp hook at the end, before tossing the catch into their mouths and gulping – shaking their heads in a way that appears very satisfied.
Their population is quite sparse, and in various parts of their territories they suffer from habitat destruction, fire, drought, trapping, persecution, and trampling by other large animals.
They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Information about shoebill storks is here: Wikipedia.
Information about the IUCN Red List for Threatened Species is here: IUCN Red List.
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