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Asian Openbill


One of the wading birds found in the Udawalawe National Park, the Asian openbill is greyish white in colour. The Asian openbill is known to engage in long distance movements in order to find food and due to the changes in the climate. These birds are considered as a large bird and they are found in South Asia as well as in Southeast Asia. The scientific name for the Asian openbill is Anastomus oscitans.

The breeding season of the Asian openbill varies according to its location but it is generally between November and March in Sri Lanka. Drought periods may halt breeding and the Asian openbill usually lays two to four eggs. The trees in which the Asian openbill builds their nest on is also shared by other birds. The Udawalawe reservoir is one of the ideal places in Sri Lanka to witness this amazing large bird.