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- proper n. A taxonomic family within the order Pelecaniformes — herons and bitterns.
The reserve hosts some 85 species of palaearctic passage and overwintering migrants, particularly herons Ardeidae, birds of prey Accipitridae and Falconidae, waders Charadriidae, thrushes Turdidae and warblers Sylviidae.
They are also an important feeding and reproductive area for herons (Ardeidae) and spoonbills (Ajaia ajaja).
The bittern (Botaurus stellaris) belongs to the Ardeidae, the heron family of birds, and is famous for the peculiar nocturnal booming sound which it emits.
There were the egrets, the ibises -- both white and scarlet -- the various species of _Ardeidae_, the cranes, and the red flamingoes.
The wide-extending marshes and pools are frequented by pelicans, herons, and wild geese, ducks, and flamingoes; while other birds -- chiefly belonging to the Falconidae, Ardeidae, Strigidae, and Psittacidae -- are numerous.
The waterbirds most frequently encountered include goose and duck (Anatidae), waders (or shorebirds), ibis (Threskiornithidae), stork (Ciconiidae), heron and egret (Ardeidae).