Shoebill Balaeniceps rex foraging behaviour in the Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia

@article{Mullers2015ShoebillBR,
  title={Shoebill Balaeniceps rex foraging behaviour in the Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia},
  author={Ralf Hubertus Elisabeth Mullers and Arjun Amar},
  journal={Ostrich},
  year={2015},
  volume={86},
  pages={113 - 118}
}
Shoebills (Balaeniceps rex) are endemic to large, well-vegetated wetlands in central-eastern Africa. Populations are believed to be declining throughout their range and knowledge about their ecology, behaviour and distribution is vital for their effective conservation. In this study we quantified and explored Shoebill foraging behaviour across habitat types and seasons through behavioural observations in the Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia. Behaviours associated with foraging were standing, walking… 
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