197. Platalea leucorodia.
Leucorodia-=the late Latin form of; from =white, =a Heron. Chamach buza, India; Chinta, Bengal; Gentu muku konga (Telugu); Chapy Chundun, Ceylon.
Male 31" to 38". Legs black. Bill 8", black, tip yellow.— In summer: Rose-white. Long nuchal crest of pointed and drooping plumes. Breast-patch buff-yellow, extending towards back,— In winter: Crest-plumes wanting.— Female smaller. C. and S. Europe, E. Africa, S.W. Asia, Afghanistan, Baluchistan, and C. Asia, to China and India. Resident in India. Breeds in the Deccan, Sind, N. W. P., and Ceylon. Four eggs (2.7 x 1.81), chalky, spotted brown. (J. 939. B. 1545.)
Also P. regia. 34". With orange mark over each eye. Prom Australia.
P. alba. 28". With forehead and chin yellow. From Africa and Madagascar.
P. minor. 27". With forehead black, and yellow spot in front of eye. From Japan and China, Also the genus Platibis. With no crest. With ornamental plumes on neck, and tertiaries decomposed as in an Ibis. One species— P. flavipes, 38", with dense tuft of long yellow feathers on foreneck, confined to Australia.
Also the genus Ajaja. With head entirely bare, and earholes exposed. No ornamental plumes on neck. One species—A. ajaja, 25", tinged rosy, confined to America.