Scientific Name: Anastomus oscitans
Malay Name: Upih-Siput Asia
Chinese Name: 钳嘴鹳
Found from the Indian subcontinent to mainland Southeast Asia
Size: 68-81 cm
Adult has diagnostic dull yellowish-grey bill with open spaces between mandibles and long pinkish-grey legs. Body is mostly greyish-white with contrasting glossy black flight feathers and tail. Juvenile likes adult but body more brownish grey and bill has no spaces between mandibles.
Habitat: Freshwater marshes, flooded fields and padi fields.
Behaviour/Ecology: A small flock of 6 adults were observed feeding on Golden Apple Snails (an introduced species) at a flooded field along West Camp Road.
Local Status: Very rare non-breeding visitor
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Sighted in January 2013 at Neo Tiew Lane 2, Punggol Barat and Seletar (West Camp Road).
BirdLife International. (2016). Anastomus oscitans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.