Ardeidae- Herons, Bitterns, Egrets

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) by Dan

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) by Dan

the stork, the heron after its kind, and the hoopoe and the bat. (Deuteronomy 14:18 NKJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order –PELECANIFORMES, Family – Ardeidae – Herons, Bitterns

*100 Percent of Images-Extinct
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Species (72)

Forest Bittern (Zonerodius heliosylus) IBC
White-crested Tiger Heron (Tigriornis leucolopha) IBC
Rufescent Tiger Heron (Tigrisoma lineatum) by Ian
____ (Tigrisoma lineatum lineatum) by BirdPhotos
Fasciated Tiger Heron (Tigrisoma fasciatum) IBC
Bare-throated Tiger Heron (Tigrisoma mexicanum) by Ray
Agami Heron (Agamia agami) IBC
Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius) by Dan BTW –  *LLABS*
Zigzag Heron (Zebrilus undulatus) IBC
Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris)Video
Australasian Bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus) by Ian
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)Video Video2 –  *LLABS*
Pinnated Bittern (Botaurus pinnatus) by Daves BirdingPix  – Video
Stripe-backed Bittern (Ixobrychus involucris) IBC
Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) by Jim Fenton – Video
Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) by Ian
Black-backed Bittern (Ixobrychus dubius) by Ian
New Zealand Bittern (Ixobrychus novaezelandiae †) Extinct ©WikiC Drawing
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis) by Ray Barlow – Video
Von Schrenck’s Bittern (Ixobrychus eurhythmus) © WikiC
Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus) by Phil Kwong – Video
Dwarf Bittern (Ixobrychus sturmii) ©WikiC
Black Bittern (Dupetor flavicollis) by Nikhil Devasar – Video
White-eared Night Heron (Gorsachius magnificus) IBC
Japanese Night Heron (Gorsachius goisagi) IBC
Malayan Night Heron (Gorsachius melanolophus) IBC
White-backed Night Heron (Gorsachius leuconotus) IBC
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) by Lee –  *LLABS*
Ascension Night Heron (Nycticorax olsoni †) Extinct ** Need Photo **
Reunion Night Heron (Nycticorax duboisi †) Drawing ExtintionWeb
Mauritius Night Heron (Nycticorax mauritianus †) Drawing ExtintionWeb
Rodrigues Night Heron (Nycticorax megacephalus †) Drawing ExtintionWeb
Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) by Ian
Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) by Dan –  *LLABS*
____ (Nyctanassa violacea violacea) by BirdPhotos
Bermuda Night Heron (Nyctanassa carcinocatactes †) Phillips
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) by Lee at Lk Morton –  *LLABS*
Lava Heron (Butorides sundevalli) ©WikiC
Striated Heron (Butorides striata) by Ian –  *LLABS*
____ (Butorides striata striata) by BirdPhotos
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) by Daves BirdingPix
Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii) by Ian
Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus) by Ian
Javan Pond Heron (Ardeola speciosa) Dan’sPix –  *LLABS*
Malagasy Pond Heron (Ardeola idae) IBC
Rufous-bellied Heron (Ardeola rufiventris) IBC
Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) by Lee –  *LLABS*
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus) by Ian
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) by W Kwong
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) by Dan –  *LLABS*
Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi) by R Scanlon
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica) by Ian
Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala) by Lee LPZoo –  *LLABS*
Humblot’s Heron (Ardea humbloti) IBC
White-bellied Heron (Ardea insignis) IBC
Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana) by Ian
Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath) Dan’s Pix –  *LLABS*
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) by Ian
Great Egret (Ardea alba) by Dan> –  *LLABS*
Capped Heron (Pilherodius pileatus) IBC
Whistling Heron (Syrigma sibilatrix) by BirdPhotos
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia) by Ian
Pied Heron (Egretta picata) by Ian
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) by Ian
Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) IBC –  *LLABS*
____ (Egretta rufescens rufescens) by BirdPhotos
Black Heron (Egretta ardesiaca) IBC
Slaty Egret (Egretta vinaceigula) IBC
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) by Lee at South Lake Howard-Immature by Lee –  *LLABS*
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) imm. by Dan (Cirle B)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) & Photo by Lee –  *LLABS*
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) by Ian
Western Reef Heron (Egretta gularis) by Ian
____ (Egretta gularis schistacea) by BirdPhotos
Dimorphic Egret (Egretta dimorpha) ©WikiC
Pacific Reef Heron (Egretta sacra) by Ian
Chinese Egret (Egretta eulophotes) IBC


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Photographers or Videographers used on this page from our sidebar, Photography, are:

Dan’s Pix (Dan)
Dave’s BirdingPix
Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Ray’s Wildlife Photography
Robert Scanlon’s Gallery
William Kwong’s Galleries

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Articles Mentioning Birds From This Family:

Herons and Bitterns are both Birds of the Bible

Other Websites that have photos of this Family:

Ardeidae – Egrets, herons & bitterns – OBI
Ardeidae – Worldbirds
Herons (Ardeidae) – IBC
Heron – Wikipedia
Ardeidae – Le quide ornitho
The herons are long-legged freshwater and coastal birds in the family Ardeidae, with 64 recognised species (some are called “egrets” or “bitterns” instead of “heron”). Within Ardeidae, all members of the genera Botaurus and Ixobrychus are referred to as “bitterns”, and — including the Zigzag Heron or Zigzag Bittern — are a monophyletic group within the Ardeidae. However, egrets are not a biologically distinct group from the herons, and tend to be named differently because they are mainly white and/or have decorative plumes. Although egrets have the same build as the larger herons, they tend to be smaller.

The classification of the individual heron/egret species is fraught with difficulty, and there is still no clear consensus about the correct placement of many species into either of the two major genera, Ardea and Egretta. Similarly, the relationship of the genera in the family is not completely resolved. However, one species formerly considered to constitute a separate monotypic family Cochlearidae, the Boat-billed Heron, is now regarded as a member of the Ardeidae.

Although herons resemble birds in some other families, such as the storks, ibises, spoonbills and cranes, they differ from these in flying with their necks retracted, not outstretched. They are also one of the bird groups that have powder down. Some members of this group nest colonially in trees, while others, notably the bitterns, use reedbeds. (Wikipedia with editing)

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