Platalea leucorodia, Lin.
937. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 763 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 24 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol IX, p. 433; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 277; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 136.
Length, 31 to 36; wing, 14.5 to 16 ; tail, 6.5 ; tarsus, 5 to 6; bill at front, 7.8 to 8.5.
Bill black, (more or less mottled with yellowish undulations during the winter), ochry-yellow at the tip; irides blood-red; naked skin of face and gular skin orange-yellow ; legs black.
Plumage pure white, with a patch of buffy-yellow on the upper part of the breast, extending up the sides towards the back ; the crest composed of long subulate and canaliculate feathers placed on the occiput.
The young wants the crest, has the shafts of the quills and the tips of the primaries black, the naked orbits dingy-white, and bill dark ashy, soft and flexible. The patch of buff is said not to appear till the second or third year.
The Spoonbill is more or less common throughout the region.
It breeds in Sind during October and November in company; the nests are large platforms, composed of sticks. The eggs, four or five in number, are elongated ovals in shape, a good deal pointed at one end; they are white in color, more or less spotted with brown or yellowish-brown. They measure 2.7 by 1.81.