Species Details

@MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);

Lesser Adjutant Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Leptoptilos javanicus
Family : Ciconiidae
Order : Ciconiiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Lesser Adjutant Stork
Habitat : Mangrove forest
Description : The Lesser Adjutant is a large, glossy black wading bird (adult bird length approximately 110 cm, weight 4.5 kg, wing 59 cm, bill 28 cm, tarsus 24.8 cm, tail 24 cm). It looks glossy black from above and white from below. It has a glossy black mantle and wings, with metallic copper spots on the tips of the secondary coverts. The skin of its naked face and neck is reddish. It feeds on fish, frogs, lizards, snakes, crustaceans and sometimes on carcass.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;more information, please contact us.