adjutant bird

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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First Known Use of adjutant bird

1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adjutant bird

probably so called from its fancied resemblance to a military figure pacing a parade ground

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“Adjutant bird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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