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  African Openbill

      (Openbilled Stork)

 

Anastomus lamelligerus

(87) 82 cm; 1.1 kg

SEXES  Similar, 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.

JUV  Like ad but duller; bill initially straight and shorter.

STATUS  Locally common in northern and eastern regions where there are sufficient freshwater molluscs. May be resident or nomadic. Considered Near-threatened in Sn Africa.

HABITAT  Wetlands, floodplains, shallow rivers, dams and lagoons.

FOOD  Almost entirely snails and mussels, occasionally frogs.

CALL  Raucous croaks and honks.

BR  Monogamous and colonial. Stick platform nest placed in tree above water.

ALT NAME  Openbilled Stork.

 

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Oba001

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Oba002

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Oba003

Nhabe River

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Oba004

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Oba005

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Oba006

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Oba007

Boteti River

Aaaah...that feels soooo good!

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

Oba008

Khwai River, nr. Moghotlo

Camera: Cano EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Oba009

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Oba010

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Oba011

Nr. Shorobe

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

       

 

 

 

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