Adjutant bird



a large Indian stork, Leptoptilus dubius, having a pinkish-brown neck and bill, a large naked pouch under the throat, and a military gait.
Historical Examples

Moreover, where is his authority for representing an adjutant bird as an ordinary London fowl?
A Bayard From Bengal Hurry Bungsho Jabberjee

I knew him at once to be an adjutant bird—the chief of fishermen.
In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston

The adjutant bird is a stork which has acquired the habits of the vulture.
Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar

noun
either of two large carrion-eating storks, Leptoptilos dubius or L. javanicus, which are closely related and similar to the marabou and occur in S and SE Asia

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