adjutant bird

variants: or

adjutant stork

less commonly

adjutant crane

Definition of adjutant bird

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of adjutant bird

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

First Known Use: 1809

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