Demi-egretta gularis

Demi-egretta gularis, Boie.

928. :- D. asha, Sykes. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 746 ; Butler, Guzerat ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p.23 ; Deccan, - Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 434 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 271.

THE ASHY EGRET.

Length, 24; wing, 10.25 ; tail, 3.25 ; tarsus, 3.95 ; bill at front, 3.5.

Bill reddish-yellow, dusky above ; orbitar skin yellow-green ; irides yellow; legs blackish ; the feet and lower part of the tarsus yellowish.

Adult in breeding season has the whole plumage dusky-slaty ; the chin and throat white ; an occipital crest ; a dorsal train of decomposed feathers not reaching to the end of the tail; and a pectoral plume of narrow and pointed not decomposed feathers.

In the cold season entirely of a slaty color, the throat alone white.

Young birds are pure white throughout, or, according to Layard, have some of the wing-coverts edged with grey. At the first breeding season they assume the dark slaty color, with traces of white on the winglet and lower surface in some ; specimens in a state of change are, of course, much varied with white.

The Ashy Egret or White-throated Reef Heron is fairly common along the coast, but does not seem to occur far inland, unless on very large sheets of water.

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: 
Demi-egretta gularis
Spp Author: 
Boie.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
380
Common name: 
Ashy Egret
M_ID: 
2349
M_CN: 
Western Reef Heron
M_SN: 
Egretta gularis
Term name: 
id: 
12098

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