Herodias torra, B. Ham.
925. :- H. alba, Lin. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 744; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 433 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 270 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 135.
THE LARGE EGRET.
Length, 36 ; expanse, 54 ; wing, 13.2 to 15.2 ; tail, 6.5 ; tarsus, 5.25 to 7 ; bill at front, 3.72 to 4.6.
Bill black, changing to yellow in winter; naked skin at base of bill and round the eyes pea-green to verditer; irides pale yellow ; naked part of tibia pale livid; tarsus black, more or less suffused- with vinous red.
Plumage pure white; in the breeding season an elongated dorsal train of fine decomposed feathers, which pass the tail sometimes by 4 or 5 inches; no crest or breast plumes.
The Large Egret is very common in Sind; it occurs more sparingly in other places, but is nowhere rare.
The remarks about breeding apply to this species also.