An African Openbill catching and eating water snails

An African Openbill catching and eating water snails
Species: African Openbill   Anastomus lamelligerus
Subspecies: lamelligerus
Author: Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson
Date: 
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Added to IBC: 3 Jun 2018 - 08:56
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The strange stork called the African Openbill (Anastomus lamelligerus) is a specialist mollusc feeder, with its straight upper mandible used for holding the prey while the sharp lower mandible expertly extracts the flesh. This Openbill was hunting in the shallows of the water impounded behind the causeway on the Sabie River in Kruger National Park.

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1496954. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1496954.

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1496954. Video of African Openbill Anastomus lamelligerus at Kruger National Park, South Africa. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1496954.

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