213. Herodias garzetta.
THE LITTLE WHITE HERON or EGRET.
Kilchia, India; Nella muka konga (Telugu); Sudu-koka, Ceylon.
Male 24" to 25". Legs black. Toes yellow. Bill 3" to 4", black.— In summer: Crest on bead of two or three feathers 5" to 6" long. Dorsal train dense, entirely decomposed, curving up, scarcely extending beyond tail. Pectoral plume of narrow ordinary feathers.— In winter: Pure white, without crest. Pectoral plume or train. S. Europe, Africa, S. Asia to China and Japan, India, Ceylon, Burma, and the Malay Archipelago. Five or six eggs (1-73 x 1-32), bluish green. H. eulophotes, from Amherst, near Moulmein, referred to by Hume (S.F. vi. 480), is probably an abnormally small species of H. garzetta. (J. 927. B. 1561.)
Also H. nigripes. 22". Similar to H. garzetta, but toes black. From Java to Australia.
Also the genus Leucophoyx. One species— L. candidissima, 20 1/2", with crest decomposed, no nape-plumes, breast-plumes decomposed, not lanceolated, and dense dorsal train. From N. and S. America.
Also the genus Hydranassa. "With nape crested and continued into neck-frill. Feathers of nape and forehead broad. Two species— H. ruficollis, 24", plumage grey, from N. and C, America and W. Indies; and H. tricolor, similar to H. ruficollis, but much smaller, from N. of S. America.