Asian openbill

Adept hunters of freshwater snails and mollusks, using their specialized bills to extract their prey from their shells

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A captivating avian species found throughout South and Southeast Asia. Its distinct appearance makes it easily recognizable, with a striking black-and-white plumage and a peculiar, conspicuous gap between its mandibles that gives it the appearance of an open pair of scissors. These specialized bills are the Asian openbill’s primary tool for hunting its preferred diet of freshwater snails, mollusks, and other aquatic creatures. They skillfully use their unique beaks to extract these prey items from their shells, showcasing their remarkable adaptation for survival.

Aside from their intriguing bill, Asian openbills are often seen in large flocks, soaring gracefully over wetlands and rice paddies. Their communal nature and graceful flight make them a delightful sight for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike, adding a touch of elegance to Asia’s diverse avian landscape.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Bangladesh
2016
Breeding
Bhutan
2016
Breeding
Cambodia
2016
Breeding
India
2016
Breeding
Laos
2016
Myanmar
2016
Breeding
Nepal
2016
Breeding
Pakistan
2016
Breeding
Sri Lanka
2016
Breeding
Thailand
2016
Breeding
Vietnam
2016
Breeding

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic / Monomorphic (size)

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No