Asian Openbills feeding on Golden Apple Snails

“Asian Openbills (Anastomus oscitans) have become common in recent at wetland sites and there is more to learn about them.

OpenbillA-snail [AmarSingh]

“Large flocks seen feeding predominantly on the Golden Apple Snail (Pomacea canaliculata) – look at the feet in the image above for snail volume; although they feed on other prey as well.

OpenbillA-snail [AmarSingh]

“A sizeable number had grey-brown plumage, immatures in transition from juvenile to adult plumage (above, below).

OpenbillA-snail [AmarSingh]

“They are expert flies, usually high up, but when travelling over water between land destinations can be very low over the water (see composite below).”

OpenbillA-snail [AmarSingh]

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
24th October 2017

Location: Malim Nawar, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Ex-mining pools, fish farming, wetlands

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