French: Marabout argala German: Großer Adjutant Spanish: Marabú argala
Other common names: Greater Adjutant Stork
J. F. Gmelin, 1789,
Closely related to L. crumenifer, with which formerly considered conspecific. Monotypic.
120–152 cm. Huge, dark stork with very heavy, dark-based pale bill and pendulous saffron-yellow neck-pouch; forehead and face mostly dark brown or blackish, but head... read more
Generally silent away from nest, where utters various loud grunting, croaking, mooing and roaring... read more
Marshes, lakes, jheels, paddyfields, open deciduous and freshwater flooded forest; often... read more
Food and feeding
Carrion and large fish of perhaps up to 2–3 kg (study in Assam recorded 36 species of fish being taken by this species); also frogs,... read more
Oct–Dec/Jan in Burma, Cambodia and India (dry season in Assam, where eggs laid between Nov and Jan). Preferably nests in large,... read more
Nomadic and locally migratory; disperses widely after breeding, occurring irregularly in Nepal (... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Recommended for CITES I. Has declined catastrophically and now on the verge of extinction; population recently estimated by BirdLife International at 800... read more
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