variants: or adjutant stork or less commonly adjutant crane
Definition of adjutant bird
: any of several large upright storks (genus Leptoptilos) having the head and neck bare of feathers and feeding on carrion or on small aquatic animals or snakes: such as
a : an Indian stork (L. dubius) that attains a height of seven feet
b : a smaller Indian stork (L. javanicus)
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