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Open billed stork


The Asian Openbill or Asian Openbill Stork (Anastomus oscitans) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. This distinctive stork is found mainly in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It is greyish white with glossy black wings and tail and the adults have a gap between the arched upper mandible and recurved lower mandible. Young birds are born without this gap which is thought to be an adaptation that aids in the handling of snails, their main prey. Although resident within their range, they make long distance movements in response to weather and food availability.


The usual foraging habitats are inland wetlands and are only rarely seen along river banks and tidal flats. Birds may move widely in response to habitat conditions.

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adrika.2612 10 years ago

thank you!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Nice snaps,

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Karnataka, India

Spotted on Mar 30, 2013
Submitted on Mar 30, 2013

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