801. Gorsachius goisagi

801. JAPANESE NIGHT-HERON.
GORSACHIUS GOISAGI.
Gorsachius goisagi (Temm.), Pl. Col. pl. 582 (1836) ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxvi. p. 169 ; (Seebohm), B. Jap. Emp. p. 223.
Miso-goi, Jap.
Male ad. (Japan). Upper parts deep foxy chestnut with a vinous coppery tinge on the middle of the crown, nape, hind neck, and of the back ; most of the upper parts vermiculated with blackish ; quills black tipped with chestnut; outer wing-coverts black tipped with white ; tail blackish chestnut ; chin and upper throat whitish with central black stripes ; rent of under parts rufescent ochreous, vermiculated with blackish, and sparingly striped with black and white ; axillaries black and rufous ; bill green ; culmen blackish ; legs and feet green ; iris yellow. Culmen 1.5. wing 10.1, tail 3.7, tarsus 2.5 inch. Sexes alike. The young bird has the back browner and more uniform, the wings boldly freckled with rufous buff.
Hab. Japan ; Formosa and the Philippines in winter.
In habits it is chiefly nocturnal like the true Night-Herons, and remains hidden in the trees by day, feeding at night or fish, worms, crabs, &c. It frequents the forests, but nothing definite appears to be as yet known respecting its nesting habits. G. melanolophus, which inhabits the Malabar coast, Burma, the Philippines, &c., is a closely allied form, differing in having the tips of the quills edged with white and the axillaries black and white; the crown and long nuchal feathers are also slaty black.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
801. Gorsachius goisagi
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
801
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
574
Common name: 
Japanese Night Heron
M_ID: 
2224
M_CN: 
Japanese Night Heron
M_SN: 
Gorsachius goisagi
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10433

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