Birds of Namibia
Introduction: African openbills (Anastomus lamelligerus) are found mainly in wetlands such as floodplains, flooded pans, marshes, ponds, swamps, streams, dams and lagoons.
Distribution Northern Namibian range only such as Etosha National Park, Kaudom Game Park, Zambezi Region, Kwando River, Chobe/Zambezi Rivers and Victoria Falls. Common in Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.
Diet: Forages singly or in groups and occasionally on the backs of hippos for snails, mussels and possibly frogs.
Description Medium-sized stork with highly specialized bill with the lower mandible curved and separated by a gap from the upper mandible. This adaptation allows the African openbill to feed on molluscs. Bill-clattering, a feature on most other storks, cannot be performed because of this feature. Lamelligerus is a Latin phrase for 'a small, thin, metal plate' which refers to the flattened feather shafts, especially on the underparts.
Breeding: Both male and female build a platform made of twigs and sticks where 3 to 5 eggs are laid and incubated for up to 30 days.
Size: 60cm. Weight: 1.1kg.
3 Days - A Sossusvlei trip including guided nature drives & visits to the dunes as well as a balloon safari
3 Days - NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful desert areas in Namibia - this fully inclusive trip visits this scenic area
3 Days - Swakopmund on the Namibian coast is the destination of this self drive tour
4 Days - Etosha & Ongava reserve offer excellent wildlife viewing
12 Days - Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha & Ongava Reserves, Okonjima