Leptoptilos dubius is a large, long-legged bird with a wingspan of up to 8.2 feet. It has a white head, neck, and underparts, and a black back and wings. Its distinguishing feature is its long, curved bill. It is found in wetlands, grasslands, and woodlands in Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. Its lifespan is up to 25 years, and its current population is estimated to be between 10,000 and 20,000 individuals.
Name Origin: Leptoptilos dubius is a species of large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. The genus name Leptoptilos is derived from the Greek words leptos, meaning "thin" or "slender", and ptilon, meaning "feather". The species name dubius is Latin for "doubtful" or "uncertain". This name was given to the species due to its similarity to other species in the genus.
Related Species: Leptoptilos crumenifer, Leptoptilos javanicus, Leptoptilos chloropterus