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

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Species (72)

Forest Bittern (Zonerodius heliosylus)
White-crested Tiger Heron (Tigriornis leucolopha)
Rufescent Tiger Heron (Tigrisoma lineatum)
Fasciated Tiger Heron (Tigrisoma fasciatum)
Bare-throated Tiger Heron (Tigrisoma mexicanum)
Agami Heron (Agamia agami)
Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius)
Zigzag Heron (Zebrilus undulatus)
Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris)
Australasian Bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus)
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)
Pinnated Bittern (Botaurus pinnatus)
Stripe-backed Bittern (Ixobrychus involucris)
Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)
Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
Black-backed Bittern (Ixobrychus dubius)
New Zealand Bittern (Ixobrychus novaezelandiae)
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis)
Von Schrenck’s Bittern (Ixobrychus eurhythmus)
Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus)
Dwarf Bittern (Ixobrychus sturmii)
Black Bittern (Dupetor flavicollis)
White-eared Night Heron (Gorsachius magnificus)
Japanese Night Heron (Gorsachius goisagi)
Malayan Night Heron (Gorsachius melanolophus)
White-backed Night Heron (Gorsachius leuconotus)
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Ascension Night Heron (Nycticorax olsoni)
Reunion Night Heron (Nycticorax duboisi)
Mauritius Night Heron (Nycticorax mauritianus)
Rodrigues Night Heron (Nycticorax megacephalus)
Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus)
Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Bermuda Night Heron (Nyctanassa carcinocatactes)
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
Lava Heron (Butorides sundevalli)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)
Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus)
Javan Pond Heron (Ardeola speciosa)
Malagasy Pond Heron (Ardeola idae)
Rufous-bellied Heron (Ardeola rufiventris)
Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi)
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)
Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala)
Humblot’s Heron (Ardea humbloti)
White-bellied Heron (Ardea insignis)
Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana)
Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia)
Capped Heron (Pilherodius pileatus)
Whistling Heron (Syrigma sibilatrix)
Pied Heron (Egretta picata)
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)
Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)
Black Heron (Egretta ardesiaca)
Slaty Egret (Egretta vinaceigula)
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Western Reef Heron (Egretta gularis)
Dimorphic Egret (Egretta dimorpha)
Pacific Reef Heron (Egretta sacra)
Chinese Egret (Egretta eulophotes)


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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
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)

Some of the Family – Photos are Alphabetical down the columns:

4 thoughts on “Ardeidae- Herons, Bitterns, Egrets

  1. I have carved 12 Birds of the Bible, a series, one each year for our Lutheran High School. They auction the birds at an annual fund raising event to help support tuition assistance. Your site has been tremendously helpful. Thank you!! It is a unique way to share the Word throught God’s wonderful creation. A framed explanation of Bible references and facts about the birds accompanies the carvings.

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    • Thanks, Bob, for letting us know about carved Birds of the Bible. That must be a sight to see. There are more than 12 Birds of the Bible, so you better keep your carving tools handy. :)


  2. Pingback: Bird Watching » Blog Archive » Birds of the Bible – Patient Herons « Lee's Birdwatching Adventures …

  3. What a lot of work! I love the slide, Lee. I could hypnotize myself by watching it over and over. (Can’t afford to, though. Got too much to accomplish today.) ha!


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