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Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus  
Lesser Adjutant
Photographer : © Raj Kamal Phukan
Location :Nagaon, Assam, India
Date : 5 December 2012
English synonyms:Haircrested Adjutant, Lesser Adjutant-Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork
Bird Family :Ciconiidae - Storks, Openbills & Adjutants
Red Data Status :Vulnerable
Remarks :This bird was busy stealing fish from a fisherman's net. A couple of tugs and this fish was snatched from the net. The prey looked like a Climbing Perch called 'Kawoi' locally and is highly priced due to it being 'local' i.e. not fishery reared and for its nutritional and medicinal value. Prices are around Rs. 400-500 per kilo in Guwahati markets. Don't think the fishermen would be too pleased see his catch gone and net damaged. - RKP