Herodias garzetta

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.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Herodias garzetta
Spp Author: 
Lin.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
380
Common name: 
Little Egret
M_ID: 
2346
M_CN: 
Little Egret
M_SN: 
Egretta garzetta
Term name: 
id: 
12096

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