Genus BUTORIDES

With this genus we pass to the crepuscular and nocturnal Herons, leading to the Bitterns. Butorides is distinguished from Ardeola by having no separate nuptial plumage, by being dark-coloured throughout, by having the tibia feathered to within a short distance (half an inch in the Indian species) of the joint, and especially by having a shorter tarsus and smaller feet, the middle toe and claw being about equal to the tarsus, but much shorter than the culmen. The head is crested; scapulars and interscapulars elongate and lanceolate, not disintegrated. Rectrices 12.

Six species are known, with a wide range in Asia, Africa, and America ; only one occurs in India.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Genus BUTORIDES
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
394
M_ID: 
2252
M_SN: 
Butorides
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2278

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