The Greater Adjutant is a disturbing-looking scavenger that can reach a height of 5 feet. They have disappeared from most of their historic range in India due to habitat loss. The species is globally threatened, with a total population thought to number no more than a thousand. A small remaining number of these birds can be found feeding in garbage heaps in Vietnam and Thailand.
I saw a photo of a lone Adjutant atop a mountain of trash and was immediately intrigued by this bird. I have always found a quiet sense of beauty in filth and ugliness.