Definition of whale-headed stork in English:

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whale-headed stork

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An African stork with grey plumage and a very large bill shaped like a clog. Also called shoebill.
  • Balaeniceps rex, the only member of the family Balaenicipitidae.
Example sentences
  • The shoebill is also referred to as the whale-headed stork and both of these common names reflect the distinct broad bill this bird possesses.
  • It is the whale-headed stork which was in cactus Park of Izu.
  • Perhaps the most bizarre is the whale-headed stork, with a massive hooked bill used for extracting mudfish from the swamp bed.

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