A huge but rather stocky black-and-white waterbird with a long pinkish-grey bill that is permanently open; both mandibles are curved to leave the distinctive ‘nutcracker’ gap. Mostly white in colour with glossy black flight feathers and tail and reddish legs. Non-breeding plumage has a smokygrey wash. Sexes alike.
Inhabits larger wetlands. Rare on coast.
Locally common breeding resident throughout lowlands but rare in Pakistan.
Voiceless. Clatters bill at nest.