Leptoptilus javanicus, Horsf.
916. :- Jerdop's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 732 ; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 432; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 135.
THE HAIR-CRESTED STORK.
Length, 54 ; wing, 26; tail, 11 ; tarsus, 10 ; bill, 10.
Bill dirty-yellowish; bare top of head dirty-green ; nude face and neck much tinged with yellow, and at seasons with red; irides whitish; legs dusky-black.
Top of the head entirely bald, horny; the rest of the head, face and neck bare, with a few longish hair-like feathers on the occiput; the face and the rest of the neck more or less thickly covered with hairs, some long, others short, collected into a thin mane on the back of the neck, and a small tuft on the lower part of the neck; a large white neck-ruff covering the sides of the neck and breast; plumage above glossy greenish-black; all the body feathers and the lesser wing-coverts faintly barred with several narrow bars; scapulars, the uppermost tertiaries, and the last of the greater-coverts more brightly green glossed and edged with white ; plumage beneath white.
Jerdon states that the Hair-crested Adjutant is found in small numbers throughout India, but as a matter of fact within our limits it has very doubtfully been recorded from the Deccan, and a single specimen was obtained by myself in Central India.