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Asian Openbill

Anastomus oscitans


Light grey/white plumage with glossy black trailing edge on wings and black tail. Pink legs and greyish pink bill with gap between mandibles. Young are born with this gap and it seems to be an adaptation to snails, one of their primary prey.


Widespread in India and southeast Asia, classed as Least Concern. So wonderful to see hundreds of these storks hunting, flying and roosting in the flooded forest area of Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary on the Tonle Sap in Cambodia. These birds were all seen near Platform #28 or the waterways leading up to it. Amazing! see photo 4 for a small area of the view from this platform.


Pleasing to see abundance in a native resident species! So much fun to watch a bird you have never seen before for so long that you leave before it does! With birds, you usually get a few short looks if you are lucky and have to be satisfied to say you will see it again sometime! Not these abundant storks!

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Battambang, Cambodia

Lat: 13.28, Long: 103.72

Spotted on Nov 26, 2014
Submitted on Jan 6, 2015

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