Asian openbill stork in Tram Chim National Park

Asian openbill stork (Anastomus oscitans) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. Vietnamese people call this bird Snail stork (Cò ốc) because its favorite food is snail. This species was listed in Vietnam’s Red Data Book in 2007. In 2016, about 10,000 Asian openbill stork in Tram Chim make about 1,000 nests. This proved that the environment in the national park has become better for birds to come, live, hunt for foods and lay eggs. Read more about the Ultimate guide to Tram Chim National Park.

The breeding season for Asian openbill storks starts from August when the couples make friends and flirt with each other. Male and female storks express their love by touching their beaks. According to an experienced officer in Tram Chim, male and female storks hold in the other’s mouth, the sound made by the beaks when they mate. In September, they make nests, then lay and incubate eggs. Made from big and hard branches and leaves, nests of Asian openbill stork are big and firm. They usually build their nests on top of trees. Two-month-old birds learn to fly.

The following photos were taken by Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hung who is passionate about taking photos of wild birds.

 - Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans catches snails in Tram Chim National Park

An Asian openbill stork in Tram Chim catches snails.

 - Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans in Tram Chim National Park

An openbill stork knows how to alleviate pain in its leg with water.

Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans in Tram Chim National Park

It flies up after soaking in water.

 - Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans and the round moon at night in Tram Chim National Park

Asian openbill stork and the full moon at night.

A couple of Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans in Tram Chim National Park

A couple of Asian openbill storks.

 An Asian openbill stork is on the way bringing a branch to make its nest in Tram Chim National Park

An Asian openbill stork is on the way of bringing a branch to make its nest.

 - Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans in Tram Chim National Park

A couple of storks make their nest.

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A male stork and its crush cuddle each other - Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans in Tram Chim National Park

A male stork and its crush cuddle each other.

Two Asian openbill stork are going to mate in Tram Chim National Park

Two Asian openbill storks are going to mate.

fight for nests - Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans in Tram Chim National Park

Asian openbill storks sometimes do not make nests themselves but fight for getting nests of other kinds of birds.

Countless storks incubate eggs in their nests - Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans in Tram Chim National Park

Countless storks incubate eggs in their nests.

The male stork open its wings, protect and take care of the female stork which incubate the eggs - Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans in Tram Chim National Park

The male stork opens its wings, protect and take care of the female stork which incubates the eggs.

A couple takes care of their eggs - Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans in Tram Chim National Park

A couple takes care of their eggs.

Baby storks break the eggs - Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans in Tram Chim National Park

Baby storks break the eggs.

Baby Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans in Tram Chim National Park

Baby storks.

Parents feed baby storks - Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans in Tram Chim National Park

Parents feed baby storks.

A family of Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans in Tram Chim National Park

A family of Asian openbill storks on top of a tree in Tram Chim.

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Parents teach their children how to fly - Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans in Tram Chim National Park

Parents teach their children how to fly.

Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans sold at market

Asian openbill storks in cages for sale at a local market.

Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans sold at market

Some are hung like in the photo. The author shares these pictures in order to call for protecting Asian openbill stork (Anastomus oscitans).

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