Species Details

@Misbah Mishu,Bangladesh;

Asian Openbill Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Anastomus oscitans
Family : Ciconiidae
Order : Ciconiiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Asian Openbill Stork, Openbill, Openbill Stork, Open-billed Stork
Habitat : Wetlands
Description : The Asian Openbill is a large, long-legged, black and grey waterbird with an unusual bill (adult bird length approximately 81 cm, wing 40 cm, bill 15.5 cm, tarsus 14.5 cm, tail 20 cm). The bill is dusky red to dull greenish-horn. The non-breeding adult has a greyish-white body and dull pink legs. The male and the female look alike. It chiefly feeds on molluscs. It also takes small mammals, frogs and crabs. It usually opens the shells of mollusks to eat. It breeds in July-April.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:Misbah Mishu,Bangladesh;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;more information, please contact us.