African openbill

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African openbill
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ciconiidae
Genus: Anastomus
Species: A. lamelligerus
Binomial name
Anastomus lamelligerus
Temminck, 1823
Photographed at Entebbe, Uganda

The African openbill (Anastomus lamelligerus) is a species of stork in the Ciconiidae family.

Habitat and distribution[edit]

It is found in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.The bird mainly lives in areas close to water.[1]


The African openbill feeds on aquatic invertebrates (snails and bivalves) and frogs.



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