Ardetta cinnamomea, Gm.
933. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 755 ; Butler, Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 434; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 274. .
THE CHESNUT BITTERN.
Lal Bagla, Hin.
Length, 16; expanse, 22 ; wing, 6 ; tail, 1.75 ; tarsus, 2; bill at front, 2.
Bill yellow ; culmen dusky; cere yellow ; irides yellow ; legs greenish yellow, with yellow soles.
Above, fine chesnut color, with a tinge of cinereous on the crown ; beneath fulvous, whitish on the throat, and with a pectoral gorget of feathers, dark brown in the centre; thigh-coverts cinnamomeus ; lower surface of the wings dull ashy.
The young bird has the plumage streaked, the feathers being reddish-brown in the centre with pale yellowish margins.
The Chesnut Bittern occurs both in Sind and in the Deccan. I have not heard of its occurrence in Guzerat, but most probably it will be found to occur there.
It is probably only a seasonal visitant.