Xenorhynchus asiaticus, Lath.
917. :- Mycleria australis, Shaw. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 734; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 22; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 432; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 266 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 135.
THE BLACK-NECKED STORK.
Length, 52 to 56 ; wing, 23 to 24; tail, 9 ; tarsus, 12 to 13 ; bill at front, 11 to 13.
Bill black ; irides brown; legs red.
Head and neck rich dark glossy-green, beautifully glossed with purple on the hind-head and occiput; middle and greater-coverts, scapulars, and a portion of the interscapular tertiaries, and tail glossy green ; the rest of the plumage pure white.
The Black-necked Stork is fairly common in Sind; further south in Guzerat it becomes less common, and in the Deccan it is rare. It is a permanent resident, building a large platform nest of sticks about September in some high tree. The eggs, three or four in number, are moderately broad ovals, compressed towards one end; they are unspotted sullied white in color. The shell is smooth to the touch, but rather coarse in texture. The eggs vary from 2.65 to 3.13 inches in Length, and from 1.98 to 2.3 in breadth, but they average 2.91 by 2.12.