222. Ardetta minuta.
THE LITTLE BITTERN.
Minuta—small, from minuo=. I diminish.
Male 14". Legs greenish. Bill 2 1/2", purplish yellow. Head, back, scapulars, and tail black. Long feathers of upper breast buff. Flanks with narrow brown shaft lines. In females back and scapulars are brown, edged buff. Europe, south of lat. 60°, Mediterranean countries, C. Asia, N.W. India to 80° E. long. Winter in Africa. Common in Kashmir and in Himalayas as far east as Nepal. Four or five eggs (1.34 x 1.0), white. (J. 935. B. 1570.)