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Balaeniceps rex.jpg
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Balaenicipitidae
Bonaparte, 1853

Balaenicipitidae is a family of birds in the Pelecaniformes order, although it was traditionally placed in Ciconiiformes.

It has the following genera:

Common characteristics[edit]

A sharp hooked tip to the upper beak[2]

A furrow in the upper beak below the nasal openings[2]

An ossified septum[2]

Vestigial or absent expansor secundariorum muscle[2]


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  2. ^ a b c d Mayr, Gerakd (April 2003). "The phylogenetic affinities of the Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)". Journal für Ornithologie. 2 (2): 157–175. doi:10.1007/BF02465644.