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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Ardeidae — most species of egrets.


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  • The birds include ten species of herons including grey heron Ardea cinerea, goliath heron A. goliath and yellow-billed egret Egretta intermedia, hammerkop Scopus umbretta, four of the six West African species of stork, ducks, five of the six West African species of vulture, hawks, plovers and francolins and black-winged stilt Himantopus himantopus.

    Comoé National Park, Côte d'Ivoire 2009

  • There is a wide variety of aquatic birds including herons and egrets Egretta and Ardea, ducks Dendrocygna spp., ibis Cercibis spp.,

    Marajó varzea 2008

  • Two herons are uncommon elsewhere in Amazonia (Egretta tricolor and Nyctanassa violacea).

    Tocantins-Araguaia-Maranhão moist forests 2008

  • There are 99 breeding species, and the only Bulgarian colonies of Dalmatian pelican Pelecanus crispus (V) (80 pairs in 1999) and great egret Egretta alba (10-15 pairs).

    Srebarna Nature Reserve, Bulgaria 2009

  • A rich avifauna is present with over 270 species recorded, including green peafowl Pavo muticus (VU), two species of jungle fowl Gallus gallus and G. varius, reef heron Egretta sacra, dusky grey heron Ardea sumatrana (LR), osprey Pandion haliaetus, Brahminy kite Haliastur indus, white-bellied sea eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster, ruddy kingfisher Halcyon coromanda and frigate bird Fregatta ariel.

    Ujung Kulon National Park and Krakatau Nature Reserve, Indonesia 2009

  • In addition, a number of colonial birds such as great egret (Casmerodius albus), little blue heron (Egretta caerulea), and snowy egret (Egretta thula) use even the most disturbed patches of this ecoregion as nesting sites.

    Rio São Francisco mangroves 2007

  • Many aquatic birds are here, such as herons and egrets (Egretta, Ardea), ducks (Dendrocygna), ibis (Cercibis, Theristicus), and the rosette spoonbill (Ajaia ajaia).

    Monte Alegre varzea 2008

  • Birds, such as great egret (Casmerodius albus), snowy egret (Egretta thula), and little blue heron (Florida caerulea), are found nesting in large colonies on the mangroves.

    Bahia mangroves 2008

  • Many wetland birds thrive here, including the Australsian bittern (Botaurus stellaris poiciloptilus) and the magnificent white heron or kotuku (Egretta intermedia).

    Westland temperate forests 2008

  • They serve as the most important heron breeding area in Italy for squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides), black-crowned night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), and little egret (Egretta garzetta) (700 – 1,000 pairs).

    Po Basin mixed forests 2008


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