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Name: Lesser Adjutant Stork

Scientific Name: Leptoptilos javanicus


Siddharthanagar, Bhairahawa


The lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. Like other members of its genus, it has a bare neck and head. It is however more closely associated with wetland habitats where it is solitary and is less likely to scavenge than the related greater adjutant. It is a widespread species found from Nepal, India through Southeast Asia to Java. A large stork with an upright stance, a bare head and neck without a pendant pouch, it has a length of 87-93 cm (34-37 in) (outstretched from bill-to-tail measurement), weighs from 4 to 5.71 kg (8.8 to 12.6 lb) and stands about 110-120 cm (43-47 in) tall.