Anastomus oscitans

Anastomus oscitans, Bodd.

940. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 765 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 24 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 435 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 277 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 136.

THE SHELL IBIS.

Length, 29 to 32 ; expanse, 50 to 54; wing, 16.5 to 17 ; tail, 7 ; tarsus, 5.5; bill at front, 6.25.

Bill dull greenish, tinged with reddish beneath ; nude orbits and gular skin blackish; irides grey or pale brown; legs pale fleshy.

General color of the plumage, pale ashy-grey, tinged with reddish on the head and neck ; the winglet, primaries, secondaries, tertials, scapulars, and tail, black.

The Shell Ibis occurs sparingly throughout the province; in most places it is only a cold weather visitant, but in Sind it breeds during August. The nests are platforms composed of twigs. The eggs, four or five in number, are of an oval shape, of a creamy-white color when fresh, but soon get stained as incubation proceeds.

They measure 2.24 by 1.6.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Anastomus oscitans
Spp Author: 
Bodd.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
389
Common name: 
Shell Ibis
M_ID: 
2064
M_CN: 
Asian Openbill
M_SN: 
Anastomus oscitans
Term name: 
id: 
12124

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