African openbill

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African openbill
African openbill, Zimbabwe, crop.jpg
On the bank of the Zambezi, Zimbabwe
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ciconiidae
Genus: Anastomus
Species:
A. lamelligerus
Binomial name
Anastomus lamelligerus
Temminck, 1823
Anastomus lamelligerus map.svg

The African openbill (Anastomus lamelligerus) is a type of stork in the family Ciconiidae.[2] It is native to large parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Distribution[change | change source]

The African openbill grows as long as 80–94 cm. It weighs about 1–1.3 kg. Its adult feathers is generally dark, with glossy green, brown, and purple on the mantle and breast. The bill is brownish and large. The legs are black and the eye is grey. The juvenile feathers are more dull and brown, with areas of pale feather tips.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. BirdLife International (2018). "Anastomus lamelligerus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2018: e.T22697664A132274733. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22697664A132274733.en.
  2. "African Openbill - eBird". ebird.org. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  3. "African openbill".