792. Ardea intermedia

792. Smaller White Egret.
ARDEA INTERMEDIA.
Ardea intermedia, Wagler, Isis, 1829, p. 659 : Dresser, vi. p. 238 ; (Sharpe), Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxvi. p.85 ; (Blanf.), F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 386 ; Seebohm, B. Jap. Emp. p. 217.
Patangkha, Patokha-bagla, Hindu. ; Chiu-sagi, Jap.
ad. (Japan). Differs from H. alba in being smaller, in having the dorsal summer plumes much longer ; bill bright orange, in summer tipped with horn ; facial skin green ; legs and toes black ; iris yellow. Culmen 2.9, wing 12.1, tail 5.2, tarsus 4.5 inch.
Hab. The Indian peninsula and Ceylon ; Northern Burma ; China, Japan, south to the Malay Peninsula and Islands, Java and the Philippines.
Is very closely allied to H. alba, from which it does not differ in general habits. In India it breeds in July and August, in colonies, placing its nest on trees, not unfrequently in towns. The eggs, 4 in number, resemble those of H. alba and measure about 1.9 by 1.44.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
792. Ardea intermedia
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
792
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
567
Common name: 
Smaller White Egret
M_ID: 
2327
M_CN: 
Intermediate Egret
M_SN: 
Egretta intermedia
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
10822

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