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FLYING THROUGH THE AIR AND NEATLY STACKED!

2012 Day 38

OPEN BILLED STORK

The Asian Openbill or Asian Openbill StorkAnastomus oscitans, is a large wading bird in thestork family Ciconiidae. It is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lankaeast to Southeast Asia.

Asian Openbill Stork is a broad-winged soaring bird, which relies on moving between thermals of hot air for sustained flight. Like all storks, it flies with its neck outstretched. It is relatively small for a stork at 68 cm length. They breed near inland wetlands and build stick nest in trees, typically laying 2-6 eggs.

Breeding adults are all white except for the black wing flight feathers, red legs and dull yellow-grey bill. The mandibles do not meet except at the tip, and this gives rise to the species’ name. Non-breeding adults have the white of the plumage replaced by off-white. Young birds have brown tinge to the plumage.

The Asian Openbill Stork, like most of its relatives, walks slowly and steadily on the ground, feeding on molluscsfrogs and large insects.  from Wikipedia

OPEN-BILLED STORK AT THE PREK TOAL BIRD RESERVE AT THE NORTH END OF TONLE SAP, THE LARGEST NATURAL LAKE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA.

Open-Billed Stork at the Prek Toal Bird Reserve in Cambodia.