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Ardeidae: Herons, Egrets, Bitterns

Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Ardeidae
includes egrets, herons, and bitterns
around 18 genera (9 depicted)
around 64 species worldwide (18 depicted)

Species on page

+ Snowy egret (Egretta thula)
+ Little egret (Egretta garzetta)
+ Tricolored heron (Egretta tricolor)
+ Little blue heron (Egretta caerulea)
+ White-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)

+ Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
+ Great egret (Ardea alba)
+ White-necked heron (Ardea cocoi)
+ Grey heron (Ardea cinerea)

+ Squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides)

+ Black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
+ Yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacea)

+ Green heron (Butorides virescens)
+ Lava heron (Butorides sundevalli)
+ Striated heron (Butorides striata)

+ Rufescent tiger heron (Tigrisoma lineatum), aka Soco-Boi

+ Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis)

+ Bittern (Botaurus)

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Snowy

Snowy on top

snowy egret
Snowy egret (Egretta thula)
November 28, 2012
Shark Valley, Florida

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Yellow below

snowy egret feet
Snowy egret (Egretta thula)
November 28, 2012
Shark Valley, Florida

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Snowy reflected

snowy egret
Snowy egret (Egretta thula)
November 28, 2012
Shark Valley, Florida

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Phosphate dreams: snowy egret meets Snowy detergent

snowy

Snowy egret
Byxbee Park
January 1, 2007
Canon D30

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Snowy

don edwards national shoreline

Snowy egret (Egretta thula)
Don Edwards National Shoreline
December 9, 2017
Canon 7Dmark2

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Snowy

don edwards national shoreline

Snowy egret (Egretta thula)
Don Edwards National Shoreline
December 9, 2017
Canon 7Dmark2

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Snowy

don edwards national shoreline

Snowy egret (Egretta thula)
Don Edwards National Shoreline
December 9, 2017
Canon 7Dmark2

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Snowy in Palo Alto

baylands

Snowy egret (Egretta thula)
Palo Alto Baylands
December 17, 2017
Canon 7DmarkII

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Little egret (Egretta garzetta)

Aloft

Little egret (Egretta garzetta)
Family: Ardeidae
Livingstone water works
Livingstone, Zambia
Canon 7Dmark2
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Tricolored

Patriotic heron

tricolor heron
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)
Boyton Beach
November 27, 2012

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Tricolored heron (Egretta tricolor)
Florida, 2016
Canon 7Dmark2

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Tricolored heron (Egretta tricolor)
Florida, 2016
Canon 7Dmark2

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Little blue heron (Egretta caerulea)

Immature

juveniles
Immature little blue heron (Egretta caerulea)
Sebastian Inlet State Park
Vero Beach
April 27, 2015

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White-faced

White-faced heron

white-faced heron
White-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)
September 14, 2015
Tessellated pavements, Tasmania
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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great blue heron

heron
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Green Cay

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Great blue heron goes for the ultimate jump shot

heron
Sanibel Island
Florida
August 22, 2011

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Wakodahatchee

Mating blues

mating blue herons
Wakodahatchee
Delray Beach, Florida
December 2, 2012

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Searching for baby turtles

galapagos

Great blue heron
Floreana, Galápagos
June 28, 2015
Canon 7Dmark2
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Blue fish

baylands

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
Palo Alto Baylands
February 24, 2018
Canon 7DmarkII

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Great egret (Ardea alba)

This has gotta hurt

egret with lizard
Great Egret (Ardea alba) with western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)
The Stanford Dish
March, 2014

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White-necked

Cocoi heron (white-necked heron)

heron"

White-necked heron (Ardea cocoi)
among the water hyacinth
The Pantanal

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Grey heron

Grey heron

ireland
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea)
Family: Anatidae
St. Stephens Green
Dublin, Ireland
September 6, 2017
Canon 7Dmark2

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Grey heron (Ardea cinerea)

heron

Family: Ardeidae
Tanzania
August 5, 2004
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Black-crowned

What herons look like at night

night heron
Black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Wakodahatchee
December 2, 2012
Delray Beach, Florida

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Night comes a callin'

night heron

Black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
My yard, Arcadia Place
I find it amazing how similar these two pictures are. One was taken in Northern California, the other in Florida.

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Night descends upon our pool

night heron

Black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
My yard, Arcadia Place
January 14, 2007
Canon 30D

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Crowned

don edwards, alviso

Black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Don Edwards National Shoreline
Alviso Area
November 3, 2018
Canon 7Dmark2

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Crowned

don edwards, alviso

Black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Don Edwards National Shoreline
Alviso Area
November 3, 2018
Canon 7Dmark2

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Yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacea)

Yellow-crowned night heron

yellow-crowned night heron
Snorkeling
Manatee Tour and Dive outing
Crystal River, Florida
April 29, 2015
Canon D10 Waterproof point and shoot

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Rough night

galapagos

Yellow-crowned night heron
Fish market
Santa Cruz, Galápagos
June 27, 2015
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Yellow crowned night heron - in the day without crown

galapagos

Yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Galápagos

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Stare down

galapagos heron

Juvenile yellow crowned night heron
Galaacute;pagos
July 31, 2015

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Rufescent

And boy is he pissed.

tiger

Rufescent tiger heron (Tigrisoma lineatum), aka Soco-Boi
The Pantanal

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Squacco heron

Papyrus perch

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Squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides)

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Squacco?

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Green Heron Butorides virescens)

Green

heron
Immature green heron
Green Cay
April 30, 2015

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Heron head

green cay

Green heron (Butorides virescens)
Green Cay, Florida
April 1, 2017
Canon 7Dmark2

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Lava heron (Butorides sundevalli)

Lava heron

lava heron

Floreana, Galápagos
Butorides sundevalli
July 29, 2010

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Striated heron (Butorides striata)

Striated

galapagos

Striated heron (Butorides striata)
Fernandina, Galápagos
June 25, 2015
Canon 7Dmark2
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Striated

galapagos

Striated heron (Butorides striata)
Fernandina, Galápagos
June 25, 2015
Canon 7Dmark2
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Cattle egret

Cattle egret in mangrove

cattle egret
Cattle egret
Wakodatchee
July 2, 2015
Canon 7Dmark2

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Cattle egrets scissored

cattle egrets
Cattle egret
Wakodatchee
July 2, 2015
Canon 7Dmark2

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Cattle egret

cattle egret
Cattle egret
Wakodatchee
July 2, 2015
Canon 7Dmark2

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Parent and offspring

cattle egrets
Cattle egrets
Wakodatchee
July 2, 2015
Canon 7Dmark2

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Bovine buddy

cattle egret
Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Hollywood, Florida

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Zebu egret

chicken
Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Diego Suarez, Madagascar
July 3, 2016
Canon 7DMark2

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Bittern

Bittern hiding

green cay

Bittern (Botaurus)
Family: Ardeidae
Subfamily: Botaurinae
Green Cay, Florida
April 1, 2017
Canon 7Dmark2

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Last modified: April 11, 2019
Renamed: August 7, 2016 (from herons.html)
Created: February 19, 2007
Contact: siegelr@stanford.edu
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