82 cm; 1.1 kg
M > F and with larger bill. Relatively small stork, blackish plumage
glossed green, purple and brown. Uniquely shaped bill has
conspicuous gap specially adapted to facilitate removal of molluscs
from their shells. Upper mandible is relatively straight and used to
hold prey (usually underwater), while sharp-tipped lower mandible is
used to open and extract the flesh.
ad but duller; bill initially straight and shorter.
common in northern and eastern regions where there are sufficient
freshwater molluscs. May be resident or nomadic. Considered
Near-threatened in Sn Africa.
floodplains, shallow rivers, dams and lagoons.
entirely snails and mussels, occasionally frogs.
croaks and honks.
and colonial. Stick platform nest placed in tree above water.
ALT NAME Openbilled
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