Ardetta minuta, Lin,
935. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II,.p. 756 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 274.
THE LITTLE BITTERN.
Length, 14; wings, 5.75.; tail, 2; tarsus, 1.5; bill affront, 1.75.
Bill bright yellow, dusky above, round the eyes yellow; irides yellow; feet yellowish-green.
Top of head, occiput, back, scapulars, and tail, flossy black ; small wing-coverts and the upper three-fourths of the other coverts pale sienna-yellow, the lower fourth more or less white ; quills ashy-black ; cheeks, neck, and all the lower surface of the body pale rufescent, tinged with purplish yellow on the neck, and with brown streaks on the flanks.
Within our limits the Little Bittern has only been recorded from Sind, where Mr. Doig obtained the eggs.