Ardeola grayi, Sykes.
930. :- A. leucoptera, Bodd. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 751; Butler, Guzerat ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 23 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 434 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 272 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 136.
THE POND HERON.
Andhe bagla, Hin.
Length, 18.5; expanse, 28; wing, 8.5 ; tail, 3 ; tarsus, 2.4 ; bill at front, 2.5.
Bill yellowish, blue at base, black at tip; orbits greenish-yellow ; irides bright yellow ; legs and feet dull green.
Adult in full breeding plumage has the head crested, with long occipital white plumes ; head and neck greyish yellow ; the back with the feathers decomposed, dark maroon; wings, rump and upper tail-coverts, tail, and all beneath, white.
In non-breeding dress, the head, neck, and breast, are fulvous with brown stripes, darkest on the head; the upper plumage pale ashy-brown ; wings, (except the uppermost tertials) white, and the lower parts from the breast white ; thigh-coverts fulvous.
The Pond Heron is a common permanent resident throughout the district.