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Ardeidae: Herons, Egrets, Bitterns

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

Species on page

+ Snowy egret (Egretta thula)
+ Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)
+ Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
+ Great egret (Ardea alba)
+ White-necked heron (Ardea cocoi)
+ Black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
+ Rufescent tiger heron (Tigrisoma lineatum), aka Soco-Boi
+ Squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides)
+ Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis)
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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
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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Tricolored

Patriotic heron

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

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Great blue

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
August 22, 2011

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Wakodahatchee

Mating blues

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

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Great egret

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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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)
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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Rufescent

And boy is he pissed.

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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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Cattle egret

Bovine buddy

cattle egret
Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Hollywood, Florida

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modified: March 28, 2014
created: February 19, 2007
Contact: siegelr@stanford.edu