225. Dupetor flavicollis

225. Dupetor flavicollis.

THE BLACK BITTERN.

Kala-bagla, India; Ay-jan, Assam; Karu-Nari, Ceylon.

Male 20" to 24". Legs pale brown. Bill 4", red-brown.— In summer; Crown and upper parts, with wings and tail, dark ashy. Golden stripe on sides of neck. Neck-feathers mixed white, brown, and black.— In winter the dark slaty colour changes to black. From S. and C. China, through Burma, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java, the Philippines, and Celebes. Occurs in Sind, W. India, and Ceylon. Common in E. Bengal, Assam, and Burma. Breeds in Sind and Pegu. Four eggs (1.66 x 1.26), pale green. (J. 932. B. 1573.)

Also D. gouldi. 24". With black spots down centre of throat. Abdomen brown. From Australia.

D. nesophilus. 22". With black spots down centre of throat. Abdomen grey. From New Britain.

D. melas. 21". With black spots down centre of throat. Abdomen black. From the Moluccas.

Tibio-tarsus bare for some portion above heel. Tarsus shorter than mid toe and daw.

BookTitle: 
Game, Shore And Water Birds Of India
Reference: 
Le Messurier, Augustus. Game, Shore, and Water Birds of India Fourth Edition, 1904.
Title in Book: 
225. Dupetor flavicollis
Book Author: 
A Le Messurier
CatNo: 
225
Year: 
1904
Page No: 
203
Common name: 
Black Bittern
M_ID: 
2218
M_CN: 
Black Bittern
M_SN: 
Dupetor flavicollis
Volume: 
4th ed.
id: 
13023

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