Definition of shoebill in US English:



  • An African stork with gray plumage and a very large bill shaped like a wooden shoe.

    Balaeniceps rex, the only member of the family Balaenicipitidae

    • ‘First, the skulls of those birds are totally and dramatically dissimilar, and second, does this mean that the shoebill is extinct?’
    • ‘It is one of the few places you may be lucky enough to see a shoebill.’
    • ‘The shoebill is a large and dark grey bird that looks almost prehistoric.’
    • ‘Fortunately, once on the island, we found two more shoebills that stayed motionless among the papyrus, giving us long and lasting memories.’
    • ‘In the Lochinvar, regarded as Zambia's prime birds sanctuary, there is the crested cranes, saddle-bill storks, egrets, wood ibis, vultures and the rare shoebill stork.’