214. Lepterodius asha.
THE INDIAN REEF-HERON.
Male 24" to 27 1/2". Legs black. Bill 4 1/2," red-yellow. Crest moderate, two long, narrow feathers of the crest grey. Chin and throat white. Short dorsal train. Breast-plumes grey, narrow, and pointed. Scapulars and upper breast grey. From Persian Gulf to Ceylon and the Laccadives. Three to five eggs (1.85 x 1.35), sea-green. (J. 928. B. 1563.)
Also L. gularis. 22". Darker than L. asha, but with crest of several short plumes. From tropical Africa and Madagascar.
Also the genus Notophoyx. Similar to Lepterodius, with lanceolate dorsal train and breast plumes, but with full crest and no elongated nape-plumes. Four species— N. novae hollandiae, 26", with black bill and no white streaks on breast and abdomen, from Australia, Celebes, Moluccas, and New Zealand; N. pacifica, with black bill, above glossy olive-green, and long white streaks on breast and abdomen, from Australia; N. flavirostris, 19" with bill yellow, crown and crest black, above slaty black, from N. Australia; N. aruensis, 18 1/2", with yellow bill, head, neck, and below white, from Australia and Celebes.
Also the genus Dichromanassa. With nuchal crest and neck-frill of long lanceolate feathers and long dorsal train. One species— D. rufa, 26", from N. and C. America, Jamaica, and Cuba.
(b) Bare part of tibio-tarsus less than inner toe and claw. Bill without serrations, but with distinct notch in upper mandible. Culmen longer than tarsus.