Clearly related to the African Marabou this is a smaller but equally ugly bird.
This species is listed as vulnerable on the red data list having a declining World population which is currently sitting at under 8,000 mature individuals (Birdlife International).
An adjutant (literally one who helps) is a military term applied to a low-ranking officer who assists a more senior officer.
Lesser Adjutants are still quite common in Sri Lanka.
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