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Old Apr 14, 2008, 7:24 PM   #1
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I do not know what the name of this bird is but he certainly has a head of bushy hair like an old man. He has a face only a mother could love.
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Old Apr 16, 2008, 10:52 PM   #2
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Caryl, it seems to be a Lesser Adjutant stork, indigenous to south asia, India I think.

How to identify a Lesser Adjutant: Top of the head is white, and most birds tend to have much more neck-hair than the Greater Adjutants. Breeding birds are said to have red color in the beak area; the birds I saw, all had a pink, rather that red, stripe along their upper beak (the bird in the nest-image also has this, but it's rather weak).
The Lesser Adjutant, Leptoptilos javanicus, is not a scavenger, but a bird of prey; the menu consists mainly of fish, frogs, and reptiles, even snakes. They don't congregate near cities in the scale the Greater Adjutants often do; some birds are seen, though.



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Old Apr 17, 2008, 10:43 PM   #3
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Really shabby in look and I doubt any mother would love him. Probably, Sister Theresa would if she were stillwith us. By the way, where did you get the shot? We never have this in the wild.
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Really shabby in look and I doubt any mother would love him. Probably, Sister Theresa would if she were stillwith us. By the way, where did you get the shot? We never have this in the wild.
I know your question was for the OP, but I read on these birds that there were only about 400 left in the world(wild). This may be why you never see them.. Robert
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Thanks, Robert.
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