Ardea purpurea.

Ardea purpurea.

Ardea purpurea Linn., Syst. Nat., 12th ed., i, p. 236 (1766) (in Oriente). Founded on Brisson, v, p. 724, pi. xxvi, fig. 2: no locality, but described from a bird in a French Museum. Locality now restricted to France.

The Indian form is said by Sharpe to differ from the typical in having fewer black streaks on the fore-neck and more defined black lines down the sides of the neck. I can see no difference between the two forms in these respects, the differences noted being entirely individual and not geographical. On the other hand, the underparts average darker, as stated, and there is generally more grey in the lanceolate feathers of the breast. There is no difference in the length of the bill as indicated by Sharpe's measurements. I retain this very poor subspecies with a good deal of hesitation.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.6 1929.
Title in Book: 
Ardea purpurea.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1929
Page No: 
337
M_ID: 
2310
M_CN: 
Purple Heron
M_SN: 
Ardea purpurea
Volume: 
Vol. 6
Term name: 
id: 
5176

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