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.