Greater Adjutant (Leptoptilos dubius)

Greater adjutant- Photo by Yathin sk at en.wikipedia

If nightmares had wings, then they would look like the Greater adjutant.  With plumage like dead umbrellas and a beak like a scabbed ice pic this stork from the southern Asia looks like a gangly balding goth.  The adults stand to attention at nearly one and a half meters tall and seem to march. Their species name, adjutant, is a military rank.  They will feed on all manner of rubbish and their Indian name translates as bone swallower.  As such, you might expect that our rubbish tips would provide them with constant food and the so they would survive almost anything.  Unfortunately deforestation is destroying their home and breeding sites.


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