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2 May 2012

Huge Openbill Storks roost at Dien Bien Phu

Information found in the vietnamese press online yesterday (Vietnam+) : 600-700 Asian Openbill Storks have been roosting in some pine hills at Dien Bien Phu for one month now. The birds leave the place at dawn and return before sunset.

The same flock spotted recently at the frontier district of Muong Te (Lai Chau Province), 100 kms north ?

The local authorities took measures to stop poaching - that's good !



  1. Asian Openbill.
    During a motor trip in Nothern Vietnam some 70 Asian Openbill storks flew up from the rice paddies near Tuan Giao (08.00/30-04-2012. 12km north of Tuan Giao on the 279 to Than Uyen). They flew up, circled for a while above the valley and landed again in the rice paddies. Later that day we saw three individuals circling above the valley south/east of Than Uyen. Seems that some of the once roosting in Dien Bien Phu are fouraging in this area.
    Jan de Groot

  2. Hi all,

    Tilo Nadler reported 3 or more Openbills from Van Long Nature Reserve last week. Might be a good chance to tick this bird for some of us...