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Character Data
Japanese Name: ハシビロコウ
Romanised Name: Hashibirokō
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Balaeniceps rex
Distribution: Central Africa
Diet: Carnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 36 years
Read More: Shoebill
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 VU.svg.png
Shoebill Anime Festival Pavilion KF3 Nexon Game Gallery

Shoebill is an avian Friend who made appearances in the Kemono Friends anime as well as the original mobile game.


Shoebill wears a somewhat militaristic uniform that is mostly gray with black on the fringes. Her main uniform consists of shorts, a shirt with two breast pockets, and a white tie. She also wears gray leggings, gray sleeved gloves, black fingerless gloves on her hands, and black boots. Her hair is the same shade of gray as her clothing and covers part of her yellow eyes, making them look slanted. Her hair also has two other features that resemble a real shoebill-a small tuft of hair in the back and a section in the front that is tied and colored yellow to resemble a shoebill beak. She has large wings on her head that transition from gray to black at the tips and a shoebill tail.

In Real Life

The Shoebill are a large avian species that are similar to Storks, in appearance, whose namesake comes from its very large, shoe-shaped beak. Adult Shoebills height typically falls between 110 to 140 cm, sometimes 152 cm, and can weight from 4 to 7 kg. Their wingspan can range from 230 to 260 cm.

The Shoebill's feet are large, which some speculate to aid them standing in water. This is complemented by their distribution, in that they are normally found near swamps, wetlands, and rivers.

Previously classified as being part of the order Ciconiiformes in the 19th century, DNA tests and closer examination (particularly of their eggshells) led scientists to reclassify Shoebills as part of the order Pelecaniformes and showed that they anatomically resemble Pelicans.

A pair of Shoebill wading through foliage.

Behavior-wise, the Shoebill is notable for its slow-movements and calm demeanor, reaming still for long periods of time. They mainly prey on aquatic vegetation in muddy or calm, poorly-oxygenated waters, relying entirely on vision, contrary to most other large water-wading bird-species. They also occasionally exert hoarse croaks, whines, and low-pitched tones, as well as 'bill-clattering'.


  • Also known as Whalehead and Shoe-Billed Stork.


  • Mayr, Gerald (2003). "The phylogenetic affinities of the Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)" (PDF). Journal für Ornithologie. doi:10.1046/j.1439-0361.2003.03002.x.
  • Mikhailov, Konstantin E. (1995). "Eggshell structure in the shoebill and pelecaniform birds: comparison with hamerkop, herons, ibises and storks". Canadian Journal of Zoology. 73 (9): 1754–70. doi:10.1139/z95-207.
  • Hackett, SJ; Kimball, RT; Reddy, S; Bowie, RC; Braun, EL; Braun, MJ; Chojnowski, JL; Cox, WA; Han, KL; et al. (2008). "A phylogenomic study of birds reveals their evolutionary history" (PDF). Science. 320 (5884): 1763–8. PMID 18583609. doi:10.1126/science.1157704.
  • Hancock & Kushan, Storks, Ibises and Spoonbills of the World. Princeton University Press (1992), ISBN 978-0-12-322730-0.
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