212. Herodias alba.
THE GREAT WHITE HERON or EGRET.
Bara-bagla, India; Pedda-tella-konga (Telugu); Vella-koku, Ceylon.
Male 36". Legs black. Bill 3 3/4" to 5 1/2", yellow in winter, black in summer.— In summer ; No crest, no pectoral plumes. Dorsal train extends about 5" beyond tail. Orbital skin pea-green. S. Europe to C. Asia, Africa, India, Ceylon, Burma. Four eggs (2.11 x 1.55), bluish green. (J. 925. B. 1559.)
Also H. egretta. 38". Similar to H. alba, but bill always yellow. From K. and S. America.
H. timoriensis. 30". Similar to H. egretta. From China and Japan, from Malay Peninsula to Australia. Probably will have to be united to H. alba.
Also the genus Florida. One species— F. caerulea, 22", with blackish margins at tips of quills, from N. America, W. Indies, 0. and S. America.
Also the genus Melanophoyx. Of black plumage. Two species— M. ardeviaca, 17 1/2", with throat dark slaty, from tropical Africa; and M. vinaceigula, 16 1/2", with throat rufous, from Transvaal.
Bill longer than mid toe and claw.