Anthropoides virgo, Lin.
866. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II,. p, 666 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 15 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 427; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 237; Game Birds of India, Vol. III, p. 31.
THE DEMOISELLE CRANE.
Karonch or Karkarra, Hin. Length, 31 to 35.5 ; expanse, 66 to 73 ; wing, 18 to 21; tail, 6 to 7.5 ; tarsus, 6.25 to 7.5 ; bill from gape, 2.7 to 3.5; weight, 5 to 6 3/4 lbs.
Bill greenish, reddish at tip; irides rich red; legs and feet black.
Forehead, face, sides of head, neck, and the lengthened breast plumes, black ; a tuft of white decomposed feathers extending backwards and outwards from the eye ; the general plumage fine purplish-grey ; quills black; the greatly elongated tertiaries and scapulars dusky-slaty, drooping.
Young birds have no black and want the white ear-tuft.
The Demoiselle Crane is a common cold weather visitant to all suitable portions of the region. It is perhaps more sought after by shikaries than even the preceding.