258. Rhynchops albicollis.
THE INDIAN SKIMMER or SCISSORS-BILL.
Male 16 1/2". Legs vermilion. Bill orange. Crown, nape, back, wings, mid-rump, mid tail-coverts, and inner web of median rectrices blackish brown. Forehead, lores, cheeks, neck all round and below white. Sides of rump, tail-coverts, and rest of tail white.— Young have bill and feet dusky. Large rivers of India and Burma. Not known in Ceylon. Four eggs (1.63 x 1.18), buff, blotched and streaked brown and purple. (J. 995. B. 1517.)
Also R. flavirostris. 17". Legs vermilion. Bill orange. No white collar. Above umber-brown, beneath white. Africa and Red Sea.
R. nigra. 17". Legs orange. Bill red, tip black. Above black, beneath white. Under wing-coverts white. Tail chiefly white. N. America.
R. intercedens. 16 1/2". Similar to R. nigra, but tail chiefly brown, with merely white borders to the outer webs. S, America.
R. melanura. 19 1/2" to 20 1/2". Similar to 22. intercedens, but tail dark brown, with whitish margins. Under wing-coverts dusky. S. America.