from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In India, one of the small egrets which frequent the rice- or paddy-fields.
- noun A name said to be applied by sailors to the sheath-bill, Chionis.
- noun The Java sparrow or ricebird, Munia or Padda oryzivora: so called from its frequenting paddy-fields.
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Beyond the village were more paddy-fields, from which occasionally a great white paddy-bird arose.
Almost the only member of the heron family that visits the Nilgiri hill stations is the pond-heron or paddy-bird (_Ardeola grayii_).