216. Nycticorax griseus

216. Nycticorax griseus.

THE NIGHT HERON.

Wak, India; Gadri, Sind; Sannari, Ceylon; Lin-wet, Burma.

Male 21" to 24". Legs greenish. Bill black. Eye-streak white. Crown, nape, back, and scapulars black, glossed green. Crest of narrow, feathers fitting into each other. Cheeks, chin, throat, and abdomen white. C. and S. Europe, Asia, Africa, N. America, W. Indies, India, Ceylon, and Burma. Four or five eggs (1.92 x 1.35), pale sea-green. (J. 937. B. 1568.)

Also N. tayazuguira. 24". Similar to N. griseus, but beneath pale grey. From S. America. N. cyanocephalus. 24". Beneath dark slaty. From south of S. America. N. leuconotus. 20". Black above, with white patch on back. From Africa. N. caledonicus. 19 1/2". Tail chestnut, eyebrow white. From Australia. N. crassirostris. 22". Similar to N. caledonicus. From Bonin Islands. N. mandibularis. With white throat and no white eyebrow. From Solomon Islands. N. manillensis. 25". Similar to N. caledonicus, but no white eyebrow. From the Philippines and Borneo.

Also the genus Nyctinassa. With crest of nuchal plumes, dorsal plumes greatly developed, plumage slaty blue. Two species— N. violacea, 22", Crown white, from N. and S. America; and N. pauper, 16", crown black, from the Galapagos.

Also the genus Cancrema. With bill flattened, broader than high. Two species— C. cochlearia, 16", the Boatbill, with throat and chest white, from S. America; and C. zeledoni, 18", with throat and chest tawny, from C. America.

Culmen not so long as tarsus.

BookTitle: 
Game, Shore And Water Birds Of India
Reference: 
Le Messurier, Augustus. Game, Shore, and Water Birds of India Fourth Edition, 1904.
Title in Book: 
216. Nycticorax griseus
Book Author: 
A Le Messurier
CatNo: 
216
Year: 
1904
Page No: 
199
Common name: 
Night Heron
M_ID: 
2228
M_CN: 
Black-crowned Night Heron
M_SN: 
Nycticorax nycticorax
Volume: 
4th ed.
id: 
13008

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