New En­vi­ron­ment, New Prob­lems

China Scenic - - Wildlife -

The highly-spec­i­fied bills make Asian openbills ef­fi­cient for­agers, mean­ing that in China they have few com­peti­tors for food. How­ever, their strong pref­er­ence for snails also makes them vul­ner­a­ble to food short­ages. Drought and pes­ti­cide overuse could re­sult in a de­cline of snails, and in this case, their pri­mary com­peti­tor would be other openbills, not an­other species of bird. This photo shows a pair of openbills in Yun­nan fight­ing for food.

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