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  • 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


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From open + bill


  • India, Sri Lanka and some Southeast Asian countries are the habitat of these openbill storks.

    1000 Openbill Stork Killed As Century Old Banyan Tree Collapses

  • 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.

    Sundarbans National Park, India

  • 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.

    Chao Phraya freshwater swamp forests

  • 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.

    Travel Guide: World Heritage Sites in India

  • Thousands of openbill storks in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya's Phak Hai district have died, with avian influenza thought to be a possible cause.

    Wildlife Disease News Digest

  • Undiagnosed deaths, avian - Thailand: (PN) openbill stork, RFI

    Wildlife Disease News Digest

  • 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.] ...

    Wildlife Disease News Digest

  • Over 440 different birds have been recorded at Chitwan, including the Indian peafowl, the tuneful blackheaded oriole, the openbill stork -- and, well, 437 others. TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at

  • 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).

    Irrawaddy freshwater swamp forests

  • 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).

    Tonle Sap-Mekong peat swamp forests


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