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Anastomus lamelligerus

South Africa, Sahara, Madagascar

African opened-billed storks are black and brown and have a distinctive bill. The bill is long, brown and has a nutcracker- like gap in the middle. The gap is used to extract prey from their shell. The storks use a unique technique for opening unwilling mussels. They collect the muscles and leave them in the sun until they open on their own.  The storks create their nests out of sticks, twigs, and grass. The storks build their nests in trees or reedbeds. After 80 days of breading the storks will hatch 3-4 eggs.

Habitat: Tropical conditions, marshes, floodplains and swamps
Diet: Snail and mussels
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Length: 94 cm

Wingspan: 180 cm

Weight: 1.1 kg

Lifespan: Up to 30 years
Reproduction & Offspring: Incubation takes 80 days.


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