Herons (Ardeidae)

Indian Pond-heron (Ardeola grayii) - HBW 1, p. 415

French: Crabier de Gray German: Paddyreiher Spanish: Garcilla India
Other common names: (Indian) Pondbird/Paddybird

Taxonomy: Ardea Grayii Sykes, 1832, Deccan, India.
Forms superspecies with A. bacchus, A. speciosa and perhaps A. idae. Monotypic.

Distribution: N Persian Gulf E through Indian Subcontinent and Sri Lanka to Burma; also Laccadives and Maldives, Andamans and Nicobars.