"Some years ago Little Egrets used to be extensively and lucratively farmed by the mohanas or local fishermen on many of the dhands or jheels in Sind, for the sake of their elegant ornamental breeding plumes. These were collected in a humane manner, without injury to the birds. Each bird seldom yielded less than a tola during the year. They fetched from Ks. 10 to Rs.15 per tola locally, and as much as £15 per oz. smuggled into Europe. With the change in women's fashions, egret feathers no longer carry the same demand, and prices have also dwindled accordingly. But some small farms exist even to this day. The species that chiefly supplied these ' aigrette ' feathers of commerce were : The Little Egret, the slightly larger Smaller Egret and the solitary Large Egret (Egretta alba) . The last is a solitary bird about the size of the Grey Heron, of pure white plumage and with black legs and bill."""" Salim Ali in """"The book of Indian birds."""" Bombay, The Bombay Natural History Society (1941)."
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