Greater Adjutant

The Leptoptilos dubius (scientific name) or greater adjutant is a stork presently found only in India and Cambodia. 55-60 inches in height, this bird acquired its name because of its military gait. It has a long bare yellow to red neck which ends in a white ruff collar. The wings are slate blue-grey and the legs are light grey. The legs change colour during breeding season, and the pouch at the base of the neck inflates. It has a long grey beak and greyish bald head. They are opportunists, which mostly scavenge for food, but are also known to eat invertebrates, frogs, insects and reptiles. A clutch has 3-4 eggs, which are incubated for 35 days by both parents. Its IUCN listing is ENDANGERED.

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