THE YELLOW BITTERN.
Jan-bagla, India; Mannal Nan, Ceylon.
Male 14" to 15". Female 6 oz. Legs pale green. Bill 2 3/4", pale yellow. Top of head, quills, and tail black. Back, scapulars, and tertiaries grey-brown. In females the back and scapulars are brown, edged buff. S.E. Asia, Malay Peninsula to Japan, New Guinea, and N. Australia. Also in the Seychelles, India, Ceylon, Burma. Breeds in Sind. Three to five eggs (1.3 x 0.95), greenish white. (J. 934. B. 1571.)
Also A. podicipes. 12". Similar to A. minuta. With wing-coverts orange, neck-frill red. From Africa and Madagascar, and probably Aden.
Also with greater coverts mostly or entirely chestnut:—
A. exilis. 12". Coverts entirely chestnut. In females back and scapulars chocolate. From N. and C. America.
A. neoxena. 11". Coverts entirely chestnut. From E. Canada to Florida.
A, erythromelas. 11". Similar to A. exilis, but primary coverts and secondary quills barely tipped chestnut. In females back and scapulars chocolate. From S. America.
A. pusilla. 10". With no rufous tips to primary coverts or quills. From Australia and New Zealand.