Scientific Name: Leptoptilos javanicus
Malay Name: Burung-Botak Kecil
Chinese Name: 秃鹳
Range: Found from Indian subcontinent, China, mainland Southeast Asia to Indonesia.
Size: 122.5-129 cm
Identification: Large bird with mostly horn-coloured bill, pale forehead, vinous-tinged head-sides (redder when breeding), yellowish neck, glossy black upperparts, white underparts and dark greyish legs. Shows all blackish wings with white patch on inner underwing coverts in flight.
Habitat: Freshwater wetlands, mangroves and sometimes mudflats.
Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds mainly on fish, frogs, reptiles and large invertebrates. Usually solitary except during breeding season when they form loose colonies.
Local Status: Uncommon resident
Conservation Status: Vulnerable (BirdLife International 2017)
Location: Western Catchment Area, Sungei Buloh, Turuk Track and Punggol Barat.
- Bird List Revision for May 2019 (Revisions)
- Local extinctions of Singapore birds (Science)
- Lesser Adjutants apparently nest building at Sungei Buloh (Science)
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Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Lesser Adjutant)
BirdLife International. (2017). Leptoptilos javanicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22697713A110481858.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Lesser Adjutant. Retrieved on May 27, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/lesser-adjutant.