Asian Open bill stork

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Hindi name: Gungla / Ghungil

Asian Open bill stork is a large wading bird. It is found mainly in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.

How does the bird appear…

It is predominantly grayish in non-breeding season whitish in breeding season with glossy black wings and tail that have a green or purple sheen. The bill is horn-gray shows a gap between upper and lower mandible from which its name is derived. Legs are pinkish grey.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

Asian open-bill stork inhabits wetlands. It can be seen near flooded fields, shallow estuarine marshes, lakes etc.

Food

It feeds mainly on snails.  It also takes fish and small aquatic invertebrates such as mollusks, crabs worms, frogs, lizards etc.

Breeding & Nesting

Asian Open bill stork is largely monogamous. The breeding season is during July to September in northern India and November to March in southern India. It nests in mixed species colonies. Incubation period is around 25 days and both parents participate in incubation.

 

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