Falcinellus igneus, Gmelin.
943. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 770; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 24; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 436; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 279.
THE GLOSSY IBIS.
Length, 22; expanse, 38; wing, 10.75; tarsus, 4.5; bill at front, 6.
Bill dull pale greenish; irides brown; lores and nude orbits pale green; legs blackish-green, with a blue .garter above the knee.
Adult: head, neck, breast, upper back, and all the under parts fine chesnut-red, tinged with brown on the head; lower back, rump, wing-coverts, quills and tail dark green, with bronze and purplish reflections.
The young birds of the year are ashy-brown, with white markings on the head and breast. After the moult they are brown on the head and neck, the feathers whitish edged; the back greenish-brown; wings and tail as in the adult, but less glossed ; the lower neck, belly, breast, and thigh-coverts, dusky black, with mere or less greenish reflections on the breast; lores whitish.
The Glossy Ibis is somewhat rare in the Deccan ; it is rather more common in Guzerat, but in Sind it is a common permanent resident.
Mr. Doig found them breeding in some numbers in June, in high trees on the borders of lakes inside the sand hills along the banks of the Narra Canal.
He says they build a stick nest, and that the eggs, usually three in number, are oval in shape, pointed at each end. They are of a beautiful green color, and measure about 2 inches in length by 1'4 in breadth.