Botaurus stellaris, Lin.
936. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 757 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 24 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 436 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 275.
Length, 26 to 30 ; expanse, 46; wing, 13; tail, 4.5 ; tarsus, 3.75 ; bill at front, 3.
Bill brown, below pale yellow; orbits pale yellow; irides bright gamboge-yellow ; legs greenish-yellow.
Crown of head and a broad moustache black; neck ochre-yellow, with brown zigzag lines on the sides, and long streaks and spots of brown in front; upper plumage ochre-yellow with a tinge of reddish, each feather marked with a dusky spot; primaries and secondaries dark ferruginous, with bars of blackish-brown ; all the coverts (except the primary) and the scapulars, mottled yellow and dusky; beneath, the same, but paler, and with large dusky streaks.
The Bittern is a rare bird; it occurs in Sind, and has been recorded from one or two localities in the Deccan. It is a cold weather visitant only.