Ardea grayi, Sykes, P.Z.S. 1832, p. 158 ; Barnes, Stray Feathers, ix p. 460 ; (Sharpe), Gat. B. Br. Mus. xxvi. p. 207 ; (Blanf.), F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 393 ; A. leucoptera, Gray, List. Grall. Brit. Mus. p. 82 (1844).
Bagla, Andha-bagla, Hindu. ; Kana-koka, Cingal.
ad. (India). Head and neck light yellowish brown, the crown browner, the occipital crest white, the dorsal plumes deep maroon tipped with blackish slate, the tips of the first primaries brownish, and the pectoral plumes ashy brown streaked with white ; bill blue at the base, yellowish in the middle and edges, black at the tip ; bare orbital skin greenish yellow ; legs and feet dull green ; iris bright yellow. Culmen 2.6, wing 8.5, tail 3.1, tarsus 2.2 inch.
Hab. India, Ceylon, and Burma, north, to Afghanistan, west to the Persian Gulf, south-east to the Malay Peninsula ; the Andaman, Nicobar, and Laccadive Islands.
Frequents paddy fields, ditches, banks and similar damp localities, and is a common and familiar bird in India. It feeds on frogs, crabs, fish, insects, &c., and nests in colonies, construct-ing a nest of sticks on a tree, and from May to September deposits 4 to 6 greenish blue eggs, which measure about 1.48 by 1.17.
798. Ardea grayi