Ibis melanocephala, Lath.
941. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 768 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 25 ; Butler, Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 435; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind p. 278 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 136.
THE WHITE IBIS.
Length, 29; expanse, 45; wing, 14; tail, 5.75; tarsus, 4 ; bill at front, 6.
Bill black; irides red-brown; legs black.
Head and neck nude, black ; rest of the plumage white, the quills black with green reflections; scapulars and tertials with the barbs disunited and open, lengthened, of a dull inky-purple or quaker-grey; winglet, primary coverts, under wing-coverts and axillaries, creamy-white.
The young have the head and neck more or less clothed with short white feathers, which gradually fall off, and they want the lengthened scapulars.
The White Ibis is more or less common throughout the district. It is probably a permanent resident in most places; it breeds in Sind during October, November, and December.