French: Bec-ouvert africain German: Mohrenklaffschnabel Spanish: Picotenaza africano
Other common names: African Openbill Stork
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. l. lamelligerus
Temminck, 1823 – Africa S of Sahara (except extreme S).
A. l. madagascariensis
A. Milne-Edwards, 1880 – Madagascar.
80–94 cm; 628–1400 g. Males average larger. Mantle and breast glossy green, purple or brown; gap in bill 6 mm wide at most. Immature duller, bill almost straight... read more
Largely silent away from the breeding colonies. Around nest, utters loud raucous, sonorous honks “... read more
Mainly found in extensive freshwater wetland habitats, typically in marshes and swamps, backwaters... read more
Food and feeding
A specialist predator on aquatic snails (Pila, Lanistes ovum) which it finds in muddy waters or buried in mud. It also... read more
Breeding sometimes opportunistic, both in timing and location. For example, egg-laying has been reported in nearly every month in Zambia.... read more
Most breed in E & S Africa, chiefly late in wet season and early in dry season, when their... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Thought to be declining overall, although some populations may be stable. Common in suitable habitat throughout its range, often... read more
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