Asian openbill

large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae

The Asian openbill or Asian openbill stork (Anastomus oscitans) is a large bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. This stork lives in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.

Asian openbill
Adult showing characteristic gap between mandibles
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ciconiidae
Genus: Anastomus
A. oscitans
Binomial name
Anastomus oscitans
(Boddaert, 1783)

Description change

The Asian openbill stork is mostly greyish (non-breeding season) or white (breeding season) with glossy black wings and tail that have a green or purple sheen.[2]

References change

  1. BirdLife International (2016). "Anastomus oscitans". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22697661A93628985. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22697661A93628985.en.
  2. Gosner KL (1993). "Scopate tomia: an adaptation for handling hard-shelled prey? (PDF)" (PDF).