804. Ardetta sinensis

804. Chinese Little Bittern.
ARDETTA SINENSIS.
Ardetta sinensis (Gmel.), Syst. Nat. i. p. 642 (1788) ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 448 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxvi. p. 227 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 401 ; (Seebohm), B. Jap. Emp. p. 27 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 988.
Jun-bagla, Hindu. ; Kat-bogla, Beng. ; Yoshigoi, Jap.
Male ad. (Burma). Differs from A. minuta in having the crown and nape intermixed with grey ; the hind-neck rufous ; the back, scapulars, and inner secondaries yellowish brown, with a rufous tinge ; quills and tail slaty black ; bill dark brown above, pinkish brown below ; facial skin green ; iris yellow ; tarsus dull flesh ; toes and tibio-tarsal joint pale yellow. Culmen 2.75, wing 5.2, tail 1.9, tarsus 1.8 inch. The female differs from A. minuta in having the upper parts pale brownish rufous, the under parts with pale reddish stripes.
Hab. Japan ; China ; Burma ; India and Ceylon ; Malayana ; New Guinea ; North Australia ; the Caroline, Marianne, Pelew, and Seychelle Islands.
In habits it does not differ from A. minuta. In India it breeds from May to August, and in Japan in June and July, depositing 4 to 6 eggs resembling those of A. minuta, and measuring about 1.3 by 0.95.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
804. Ardetta sinensis
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
804
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
576
Common name: 
Chinese Little Bittern
M_ID: 
2213
M_CN: 
Yellow Bittern
M_SN: 
Ixobrychus sinensis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10141

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