Ciconia (Dissura) episcopa, Bodd.
920. :- C. leucocephala, Gm. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 737; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 22; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 443 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 267; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 135.
THE WHITE-NECKED STORK.
Length, 36 to 37 ; expanse, 68 ; wing, 20; tail, 7 ; tarsus, 7 ; bill at front, 6.
Bill dusky, reddish on culmen and beneath ; the nude front, face, throat, and patch behind the ear dusky-plumbeous ; irides red; sclerotic black with an anterior patch of red, and a posterior one of yellow ; tarsus dull red; naked skin of the ulna exposed bright blood-red.
Top of the head black ; the whole neck white ; the rest of the body black, beautifully glossed with purple on the back of neck, upper back and breast, and upper part of abdomen ; quills and upper tail-coverts glossed with green, as is part of the lower back ; tail white.
The White-necked Stork is tolerably common throughout the region. It is a permanent resident.