Herodias intermedia, Hass.
926. :- H. egrettoides, Tem. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 745 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 23 ; Dec-can, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 433; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 270 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 136.
THE SMALLER EGRET.
Length, 27 to 28 ; expanse, 46 ; wing, 11.15 to 12.65 ; tail, 5 ; tarsus, 4.1 to 4.6 ; bill at front, 2.68 to 3.09.
Bill black ; irides yellow; legs black ; facial skin greenish.
In summer, plumage pure white, like the last; a long dorsal train reaching nearly to the ground, and a beautiful long pectoral tuft of similarly formed feathers, but no crest.
In winter, the dorsal and pectoral trains are wanting, and the bill is yellow.
The Smaller Egret is very common throughout the region except perhaps in Ratnagiri.
Breeds similarly to the others.