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Birds

Greater
Adjutant

Endangered

Decreasing

Greater Adjutant

Leptoptilos dubius

The greater adjutant was once found widely across southern Asia, mainly in India but extending east to Borneo. It is now restricted to a much smaller range with only two small breeding populations; one in India with the largest colony in Assam and the other in Cambodia. Populations disperse after the breeding season. This large stork has a massive wedge-shaped bill, a bare head and a distinctive neck pouch. During the day, they soar in thermals along with vultures with whom they share the habit of scavenging. They feed mainly on carrion and offal; however, they are opportunistic and will sometimes prey on vertebrates.

Adjutant Stork

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    হাড়গিলা
  • Bengali:
    হাড়গিলা, বড় মদনটাক
  • Bhojpuri:
    धेनुक
  • Gujarati:
    જમાદાર ઢોંક, મોટો જમાદાર
  • Hindi:
    हरगिला
  • Malayalam:
    വയൽനായ്ക്കൻ
  • Marathi:
    क्षत्र बलाक, चंद्र्याढोक (विदर्भ)
  • Nepali:
    राजगरुड
  • Oriya:
    ହାଡଗିଳା
  • Punjabi:
    ਬਢੀਂਗ
  • Sanskrit:
    बृहद् बक, महाचंचुबक, दीर्घपाद कङ्क
  • Tamil:
    பெருநாரை
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CICONIIFORMES
CICONIIDAE
Leptoptilos dubius

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