Main features: Small (40-46cm); greenish-grey; neck short; black crown with long black crest;
adult little heron
underparts paler grey; bill black; legs and toes pale yellow/ orange; facial skin greenish. Genders look alike.
Juvenile: Generally duller; upperparts dark brown; white spots on wings; throat, neck and breast white streaked brown; legs dull green.
In flight: Wings appear all dark; toes project well beyond tail.
Call: A quiet bird. Its call described as a harsh single ke-yow or chauk when flushed into flight; a raspy kitch-itch-itch; a loud kweak..kee-kee-kee.