Milvus melanosis, Tem & Schl.
56bis. :- Milvus major, Hume. :- Sind, Stray Feathers, Vol. I, p. 160; Butler, Bombay; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 375; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 91; Hume's Scrap Book, p. 326.
THE LARGE PARIAH KITE.
Length, 26.75, 27.75 ; wing, 21, 21.5 ; tail, 13.3, 13.75 ; tarsus, 2.5, 2.4; bill at gape, 1.75, 1.78.
Adult Female. :- Bill and claws homy-black; legs dull yellow ; toes mingled dingy-greenish and yellow.
Plumage. :- General plumage much as in the common kite.
There appears to be a set controversy regarding the distinctness of this from M. govinda. I have never met with the bird myself, although I have constantly been on the look-out for it. Mr. Hume saw several specimens in the dhunds of Upper Sind, and obtained one in Bombay Harbour.