from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Either of two species of bird in the genus Anastomus of the stork family Ciconiidae, with a distinctive gap between the mandibles of the closed bill.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bird of the genus Anastomus, allied to the stork; -- so called because the two parts of the bill touch only at the base and tip. One species inhabits India, another Africa. Called also open-beak. See Illust. (m), under beak.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stork of the genus Anastomus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. stork with a grooved bill whose upper and lower parts touch only at the base and tip
India, Sri Lanka and some Southeast Asian countries are the habitat of these openbill storks.
The Sajnakhali area contains a wealth of water birds, noteworthy residents including Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans, black-necked stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus, greater adjutant Leptoptilos dubius (E), white ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus, swamp francolin Francolinus gularis, white-collared kingfisher Halcyon chloris, black-capped kingfisher H. pileata and brown-winged kingfisher Pelargopsis amauroptera.
The area continues to support possibly the largest known concentration of the globally near-threatened Asian openbill (Anastomus oscitans), currently scattered in four or five colonies in the ecoregion and thought to number more than 10,000 pairs.
The natural depression that forms the park becomes a shallow lake in summer, providing a home for openbill storks, white ibises and Sarus cranes, among other birds.
Thousands of openbill storks in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya's Phak Hai district have died, with avian influenza thought to be a possible cause.
Undiagnosed deaths, avian - Thailand: (PN) openbill stork, RFI
A vast wasteland in tambon Khok Chang of Ayutthaya is home to tens of thousands of Asian openbill storks [_Anastomus oscitans_, Order Ciconiiformes, Family Ciconiidae.] ...
Over 440 different birds have been recorded at Chitwan, including the Indian peafowl, the tuneful blackheaded oriole, the openbill stork -- and, well, 437 others.
These birds arrive by the thousands every year and include plovers (Mongolian plover [Charadrius mongolus]), sandpipers (spoon-billed sandpiper [Eurynorhynchus pygmeus]), black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa), Eurasian curlew (N. arquata), Temminck's stint (C. temminckii), and Asian openbill stork (Anastomus oscitans).
The reed beds are important sites for waterfowl, and the habitats provide feeding grounds for the eastern sarus crane (Grus antigone), the near-endemic giant ibis (Pseudibis gigantea), white-shouldered ibis (P. davisoni), glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), black-headed ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus), Asian openbill (Anastomus oscitans), and possibly the lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus) (Table 1).