Recurvirostra avocetta, Lin.
899. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 786 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 18 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind p. 258 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 134.
Length, 18; wing, 8.5 ; tail, 3 ; tarsus, 3.25; bill at front, 3.5.
Bill black; irides red-brown; legs pale bluish-grey.
Crown of the head, nape, most of the hind-neck, scapulars, lesser wing-coverts, and primary quills, deep black ; all the rest of the plumage pure white.
The Avocet is common during the winter in Sind, rare in Guzerat, and does not occur at all in the Deccan. I have myself seen it at Gungrar, near Neemuch, but it is very rare.