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Classification - Identification

The classification, common names and scientific names are based on 'Taxonomy in Flux (TiF)' by John H. Boyd III.

The identification of subspecies is based on location only in most of cases, and is therefore unreliable, inconsistent or even meaningless. It is added for fun only.

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ARDEIFORMES

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Covering : Ardeidae

FEATURED PHOTOS

Photos featured on the blog - Click each thumbnail to see the relevant blog entry.

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Eastern Great Egret (Ardeinae - Casmerodius modestus). Photo: 08/2003, Darwin, Australia.
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Malayan Night-Heron (Nycticoracinae - Gorsachius melanolophus). Photo: 06/2008, Guangziling, Taiwan.
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Purple Heron (Ardeinae - Ardea purpurea). Photo: 08/2007, Loango NP., Gabon.
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Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticoracinae - Nycticorax nycticorax). Photo: 07/2010, Taipei, Taiwan.
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Little Egret (Ardeinae - Egretta garzetta). Photo: 11/2007, Penghu Is., Taiwan.
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Eastern Cattle Egret & Little Egrets (Ardeinae - Bubulcus coromandus & Egretta garzetta). Photo: 11/2007, Penghu Is., Taiwan.
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Grey Heron (Ardeinae - Ardea cinerea). Photo: 05/2006, Kumamoto, Japan.

PHOTOGRAPHS

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    Great Egret Group (Ardeinae - Casmerodius sp.).
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    Grey Heron (Ardeinae - Ardea cinerea).
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    Purple Heron (Ardeinae - Ardea purpurea).
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    Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticoracinae - Nycticorax nycticorax).
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    Striated Heron (Ardeinae - Butorides striata).
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    Eastern & Western Cattle Egrets (Ardeinae - Bubulcus coromandus & B. ibis).
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    Little Egret (Ardeinae - Egretta garzetta).
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    Pacific Reef-Heron (Ardeinae - Egretta sacra).
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    Tricolored Heron (Ardeinae - Egretta tricolor).
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    Little Blue Heron (Ardeinae - Egretta caerulea).
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    Yellow Bittern [1] (Botaurinae - Ixobrychus sinensis). 07/2002, Chiba, Japan.
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    Yellow Bittern [2] (Botaurinae - Ixobrychus sinensis). 07/2002, Chiba, Japan.
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    Cinnamon Bittern (Botaurinae. Ixobrychus cinnamomeus). Photo : 12/2002, Iriomote Is., Japan.
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    Chinese Pond-Heron [1] (Ardeinae. Ardeola bacchus). Photo : 12/2002, Iriomote Is., Japan.
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    Intermediate Egret [1] (Ardeinae. Mesophoyx intermedia). Photo : 04/2003, Ibaraki, Japan.
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    White-necked Heron (Ardeinae. Ardea pacifica). Photo : 08/2003, Darwin, Australia.
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    Pied Heron [1] (Ardeinae. Egretta picata). Photo : 08/2003, Kakadu, Australia.
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    Pied Heron [2] (Ardeinae. Egretta picata). Photo : 08/2003, Kakadu, Australia.
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    Pied Heron [3] (Ardeinae. Egretta picata). Photo : 08/2003, Kakadu, Australia.
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    Nankeen Night-Heron [1] (Ardeinae. Nycticorax caledonicus). Photo : 08/2003, Kakadu, Australia.
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    Nankeen Night-Heron [2] (Ardeinae. Nycticorax caledonicus). Photo : 08/2003, Kakadu, Australia.
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    Nankeen Night-Heron [3] (Juvenile. Ardeinae. Nycticorax caledonicus). Photo : 08/2003, Kakadu, Australia.
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    White-faced Heron (Ardeinae. Egretta novaehollandiae). Photo : 09/2003, Busselton, Australia.
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    Snowy Egret [1] (Ardeinae. Egretta thula). Photo : 08/2004, Weg Naar See, Suriname.
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    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron [1] (Juvenile. Nycticoracinae. Nycticorax violacea cayennensis). Photo : 08/2004, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Rufescent Tiger-Heron [1] (Tigriornithinae. Tigrisoma lineatum). Photo : 08/2004, Peperpot, Suriname.
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    Capped Heron [1] (Ardeinae. Pilherodius pileatus). Photo : 08/2004, Foengoe Is., Suriname.
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    Black-headed Heron (Ardeinae. Ardea melanocephala). Photo : 08/2005, Etosha, Namibia.
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    White-backed Night-Heron (Nycticoracinae. Calherodius leuconotus). Photo : 08/2005, Divundu, Namibia.
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    Squacco Heron [1] (Ardeinae. Ardeola ralloides). Photo : 08/2005, Divundu, Namibia.
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    Rufous-bellied Heron (Ardeinae. Ardeola rufiventris). Photo : 08/2005, Divundu, Namibia.
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    Goliath Heron [1] (Ardeinae. Ardea goliath). Photo : 08/2007, Loango NP., Gabon.
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    Goliath Heron [2] (Ardeinae. Ardea goliath). Photo : 08/2007, Loango NP., Gabon.
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    Goliath Heron [3] (Ardeinae. Ardea goliath). Photo : 08/2007, Loango NP., Gabon.
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    Goliath Heron [4] (Ardeinae. Ardea goliath). Photo : 08/2007, Loango NP., Gabon.
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    Goliath Heron [5] (Ardeinae. Ardea goliath). Photo : 08/2007, Loango NP., Gabon.
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    Chinese Pond-Heron [2] (Ardeinae. Ardeola bacchus). Photo : 11/2007, Penghu Is., Taiwan.
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    Chinese Pond-Heron [3] (Ardeinae. Ardeola bacchus). Photo : 11/2007, Penghu Is., Taiwan.
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    Chinese Pond-Heron [4] (Ardeinae. Ardeola bacchus). Photo : 11/2007, Penghu Is., Taiwan.
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    Chinese Pond-Heron [5] (Ardeinae. Ardeola bacchus). Photo : 11/2007, Penghu Is., Taiwan.
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    Chinese Pond-Heron [6] (Ardeinae. Ardeola bacchus). Photo : 11/2007, Penghu Is., Taiwan.
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    Chinese Pond-Heron [7] (Ardeinae. Ardeola bacchus). Photo : 11/2007, Penghu Is., Taiwan.
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    Malayan Night-Heron [1] (Nycticoracinae. Gorsachius melanolophus). Photo : 06/2008, Guanziling, Taiwan.
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    Malayan Night-Heron [2] (Nycticoracinae. Gorsachius melanolophus). Photo : 06/2008, Guanziling, Taiwan.
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    Malayan Night-Heron [3] (Nycticoracinae. Gorsachius melanolophus). Photo : 06/2008, Guanziling, Taiwan.
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    Malayan Night-Heron [4] (Nycticoracinae. Gorsachius melanolophus). Photo : 06/2008, Guanziling, Taiwan.
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    Great Blue Heron [1] (Ardeinae. Ardea herodias). Photo : 08/2008, San Pedro River Preserve, AZ, USA.
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    Great Blue Heron [2] (Ardeinae. Ardea herodias). Photo : 08/2008, Pearce, AZ, USA.
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    Cinnamon Bittern [2] (Botaurinae. Ixobrychus cinnamomeus). Photo : 08/2008, Cat Tien NP., Vietnam.
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    Chinese Pond-Heron [8] (Ardeinae. Ardeola bacchus). Photo : 09/2009, Hue, Vietnam.
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    Intermediate Egret [2] (Ardeinae. Mesophoyx intermedia). Photo : 09/2009, Hue, Vietnam.
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    Malayan Night-Heron [5] (Nycticoracinae. Gorsachius melanolophus). Photo : 06/2010, Taitung Province, Taiwan.
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    Squacco Heron [2] (Ardeinae. Ardeola ralloides). Photo : 08/2010, Camargue, France.
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    Western Reef-Heron [1] (Ardeinae. Egretta gularis). Photo : 02/2011, Djibouti City, Djibouti.
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    Intermediate Egret [3] (Ardeinae. Mesophoyx intermedia). Photo: 07/2011, Anamaduwa, Sri Lanka.
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    Indian Pond-Heron (Ardeinae. Ardeola grayii). Photo : 07/2011, Anamaduwa, Sri Lanka.
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    Cinnamon Bittern [3] (Botaurinae. Ixobrychus cinnamomeus). Photo : 07/2011, Anawilundawa BR., Sri Lanka.
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    Intermediate Egret [4] (Ardeinae. Mesophoyx intermedia). Photo: 02/2012, Kita Daitô Is., Japan.
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    Western Reef-Heron [2] (Ardeinae. Egretta gularis). Photo : 02/2012, Djibouti City, Djibouti.
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    Intermediate Egret [5] (Ardeinae. Mesophoyx intermedia). Photo : 05/2015, Koshiki Is., Japan.
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    Intermediate Egret [6] (Ardeinae. Mesophoyx intermedia). Photo: 11/2015, Fukuoka, Japan.
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    Intermediate Egret [7] (Ardeinae. Mesophoyx intermedia). Photo: 09/2016, Lijiang, Yunnan, China.
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    Chinese Pond-Heron [9] (Ardeinae. Ardeola bacchus). Photo : 09/2016, Napa-hai, Yunnan, China.
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    Japanese Night-Heron (Nycticoracinae. Gorsachius goisagi). Photo : 05/2017, Nagano, Japan.
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    Cocoi Heron (Ardeinae. Ardea cocoi). Photo : 08/2017, Tonka Is., Suriname.
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    Fasciated Tiger-Heron (Tigriornithinae. Tigrisoma fasciatum). Photo : 08/2017, Fredberg, Suriname.
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    Least Bittern (Botaurinae. Botaurus exilis). Photo : 08/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Boat-billed Heron [1] (Cochleariinae. Cochlearius cochlearius). Photo : 08/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Boat-billed Heron [2] (Cochleariinae. Cochlearius cochlearius). Photo : 08/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Boat-billed Heron [3] (Cochleariinae. Cochlearius cochlearius). Photo : 08/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Boat-billed Heron [4] (Cochleariinae. Cochlearius cochlearius). Photo : 08/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Boat-billed Heron [5] (Cochleariinae. Cochlearius cochlearius). Photo : 08/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Boat-billed Heron [6] & Little Blue Heron [8] (Cochlearius cochlearius & Egretta caerulea). Photo : 08/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Boat-billed Heron [7] & Little Blue Heron [9] (Cochlearius cochlearius & Egretta caerulea). Photo : 08/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Snowy Egret [2] (Ardeinae. Egretta thula). Photo : 08/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Snowy Egret [3] (Ardeinae. Egretta thula). Photo : 08/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Snowy Egret [4] (Ardeinae. Egretta thula). Photo : 08/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Capped Heron [2] (Ardeinae. Pilherodius pileatus). Photo : 08/2017, Arapahu, Suriname.
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    Capped Heron [3] (Ardeinae. Pilherodius pileatus). Photo : 08/2017, Arapahu, Suriname.
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    Capped Heron [4] (Ardeinae. Pilherodius pileatus). Photo : 08/2017, Arapahu, Suriname.
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    Rufescent Tiger-Heron [2] (Tigriornithinae. Tigrisoma lineatum). Photo : 08/2017, Arapahu, Suriname.
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    Snowy Egret [5] (Ardeinae. Egretta thula). Photo : 09/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Snowy Egret [6] (Ardeinae. Egretta thula). Photo : 09/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Snowy Egret [7] (Ardeinae. Egretta thula). Photo : 09/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Boat-billed Heron [8] (Cochleariinae. Cochlearius cochlearius). Photo : 09/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Boat-billed Heron [9] (Cochleariinae. Cochlearius cochlearius). Photo : 09/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Boat-billed Heron [10] (Cochleariinae. Cochlearius cochlearius). Photo : 09/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron [2] (Nycticoracinae. Nycticorax violacea cayennensis). Photo : 09/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron [3] (Nycticoracinae. Nycticorax violacea cayennensis). Photo : 09/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron [4] (Nycticoracinae. Nycticorax violacea cayennensis). Photo : 09/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron [5] (Nycticoracinae. Nycticorax violacea cayennensis). Photo : 09/2017, Paramaribo, Suriname.
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    Intermediate Egret [8] (Ardeinae. Mesophoyx intermedia). Photo: 09/2020, Suwa Lake, Nagano, Japan.

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