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adjutant stork

a large Indian stork, Leptoptilus dubius, having a pinkish-brown neck and bill, a large naked pouch under the throat, and a military gait.
Also called adjutant, adjutant bird. Unabridged
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  • I knew him at once to be an adjutant bird—the chief of fishermen.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
  • The adjutant bird is a stork which has acquired the habits of the vulture.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • Moreover, where is his authority for representing an adjutant bird as an ordinary London fowl?

    A Bayard From Bengal Hurry Bungsho Jabberjee
British Dictionary definitions for adjutant bird

adjutant bird

either of two large carrion-eating storks, Leptoptilos dubius or L. javanicus, which are closely related and similar to the marabou and occur in S and SE Asia
Word Origin
so called for its supposedly military gait
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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