A small heron that is overall cinnamon-rufous in colour. The male is brighter with a rather pale throat and underparts. The female has a browner crown and mantle and a noticeably streaked neck, while the immature is even darker and more boldly streaked. Appears larger, plainer and more roundedwinged than the Yellow in flight.
Reeds in marshes.
Rather local breeding resident mainly to eastern coast, the Northeast, parts of the lndo- Gangetic Plains, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Male’s breeding call is a loud kok…kok.