Greater Adjutant Stork
Head-Body Length:120-150 cm
Identification:The adult breeding adjutant stork has a bluish-gray mantle, a silvery-gray panel across its greater coverts, gray underwing-coverts, and a more extensive white neck ruff. The adult non-breeding or immature stork has a darker gray mantle and inner wing-coverts, and brown greater coverts. The adjutant stork also has a neck pouch that is only visible when inflated.
Diet:Carnivore: carrion, fish, frogs, reptiles, insects, crustaceans
Reproduction:Two to four eggs are lain in a bulky nest made of sticks and dense foliage.
Social Structure:Adjutant storks may nest in large, mixed colonies, a few small colonies, or as solitary pairs.
Behavior:The storks are nomadic and are locally migratory. They disperse widely after breeding.
Status:Endangered: destruction of nesting and feeding sites, pesticide poisoning
Interesting Facts:The adjutant stork flies with its neck retracted, not outstretched like most birds
|Name||Greater adjutant stork|
|Other Names||Leptoptilos dubius|
|Origin||Southern Central Asia|
|Litter Size||2-4 Eggs|
|Life span||in the wild 25 years and in captivity was 43 years|
|Reproduction||Two to four eggs are lain in a bulky nest made of sticks and dense foliage|
|Weight||8 to 11 kg|
|Colors||This huge stork has a naked pink head, a very thick yellow bill and a low-hanging neck pouch. The neck ruff is white and, other than the pale grey leading edge of each wing, the rest of the greater adjutant's body is dark grey|
Kingdom – Animalia
Phylum – Chordata
Class – Aves
Order – Ciconiiformes
Family – Ciconiidae
Genus – Leptoptilus
Genus Species – Leptoptilus dubius