207. Ardea cinerea.
THE COMMON HERON.
Cinerea=ash-coloured, from cinis— ashes.
Kabud, India; Anjan, Sada-kanka, Bengal; Saa, Sind; Khyra, Behar; Narraina pachi (Telugu) ; Narrayan (Tamil); Induru-koka, Ceylon.
Male 39". Legs brown. Bill 6", dark yellow, with tip of upper mandible brown. Crown white, narrow crest of black. Head and neck white. Long grey scapulars. Neck-feathers spotted black, form pectoral plume. Black patch of lengthened plumes on each side of breast. The greater part of the Old World. Resident in India. Abundant in Kashmir. Three eggs (2.27 x 1.66), bluish green. (J. 923. B. 1555.) See illustration, p. 195.