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Alternative name: Asian Openbill Stork.

Pair in breeding plumage
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, July-2015
Anastomus oscitans

Identification

68cm.

  • Mainly white
  • Black flight feathers
  • Red legs
  • Dull yellowish-grey bill (visible gap between mandibles)

Non-breeding adult: off-white plumage
Young birds plumage has a brown tinge

Distribution

Asia: found in the lowlands of the Indian subcontinent to south-eastern Asia

Adult in non-breeding plumage
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dighal Village, Dist. Jhajjar, Haryana, India, November-2014

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Marshy areas, lakes, wet and dry fields with trees for nesting.

Behaviour

Breeding

Two to six eggs are laid in stick nests placed in trees.

Diet

The diet includes molluscs, frogs and large insects.

Photo © by Peter Ericsson
Lumlukka, Thailand, August 2006

References

Juvenile
Photo © by aloktewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India, December 2010
  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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