Herodias garzetta, Lin.
927 :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 746 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 23 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 433; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 270; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 136.
THE LITTLE EGRET.
Length, 24 to 25 ; wing, 9.8 to 11.4 ; tail, 3.9 ; tarsus, 3.7 to 4.6 ; bill at front, 3.1 to 3.6.
In breeding plumage, as in the others, white ; a pendent occipital crest of two or three long feathers; dorsal train of decomposed feathers long, and in fine specimens curving upwards at the extremity, some lengthened pectoral feathers also.
The bill is always black.
In non-breeding dress the occiptal crest and the dorsal and pectoral plumes are wanting.
The Little Egret is very common throughout the district. The remarks about breeding apply to this species also.