196. Plegadis igneus.
THE GLOSSY IBIS.
Kowari, India; Kala Kachiatora, Bengal; Kankaram (Telugu); Kotan, Ceylon.
Male 22" to 25". Legs with blue garter. Bill 5 1/4", blackish.— In summer: Head, breast, and below chestnut; rest dark green, glossed purple.— In winter : Head and neck brown, streaked with white.— Young: Ash-brown, with white markings. Widely spread throughout the warmer parts of the world. Seems to be the Black Curlew of East Anglia. Found in India, Ceylon, and Burma. Breeds in Sind on E. Nara, also in Ceylon. Generally three eggs (2.01 x 1.40), blue. (J. 943. B. 1544.)
Also P. guaerauna. 21". With white band across forehead. From United States, America, C. and S. America, St. Domingo, and Sandwich Isles.
P. ridgwayi. 22". With under surface purplish black. From Peru and Bolivia.
Also with short tail:—
The genus Lampribis. One species— L. olivacea, 19", general colour above dark grass-green, toes weak, claws small and curved, from W. Africa.
The genus Eudocimus. Two species— E. albus, 25", pure white, from S. United States, America; and E, ruber, 19", general colour brilliant scarlet, from S. United States, America, and British Guiana.
Also with tail very long:—
The genus Cercibis. One species— C. oxycerca, 34", general colour black, and moderate crest, from N. of S. America.
Also the genus Lophotibis. One species— L. cristata, 28", general colour chestnut, head fully crested, chin feathered, from Madagascar.