|Fasciated Tiger-Heron Tigrisoma fasciatum Peruvian Amazonia; this species is more|
typical of forested streamsides higher in the Andes.
|Rufescent Tiger-Heron T. lineatum, Yasuní NP, Ecuadorian Amazonia.|
|Yellow-crowned Night Heron Nyctanassa violacea, Guayaquil, Ecuador.|
This species is found in the Americas, including the Galápagos, mostly in near-coastal tropics and subtropics.
|Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax, Isla de Chiloé, Chile.|
This is a bird with a huge distribution, found in every continent except Australia.
|The Great Blue Heron A. herodias (here on Santa Cruz, Galápagos) is found throughout North and Central America. |
It is one of the biggest herons in the world.
|Black-headed Heron A. melanocephala, Entebbe Botanic Gardens, Uganda.|
Found across most of Africa, where it is unusual among herons in feeding mostly on land.
Rodents, birds, reptiles, frogs and invertebrates form important parts of its diet.
|Cocoi Heron A. cocoi, Manu River, Peruvian Amazonia. |
Cocois can be found on almost any non-montane waterway in South America;
the name is from an indigenous name for it from the Caribbean area.
|Purple Heron A. purpurea, Limbe Botanic Gardens, Cameroon.|
This one has a very wide range across Africa, Europe and southern Asia.
|White-necked Heron A.pacifica, Bladensburg NP, central Queesland.|
I find this a very handsome big heron, which occurs across Australia; hence the former name
of Pacific Heron was dropped as being inappropriate.
|Little Egret E. garzetta Cairns, Queensland.|
Yet another very widespread species, found everywhere except the Americas.
Where most herons are patient sit-and-wait hunters, the Little Egret dashes about frenetically.
|Pacific Reef Heron E. sacra, Fraser Island, Queensland.|
Here both colour morphs occur together; to the north most birds are white. with dark ones to the south.
|Immature Pied Heron E. picata, with Eastern Swamphens and Glossy Ibis, Kakadu NP.|
Adults have a black cap and nape. A tiny heron, common across northern Australia and in
New Guinea and associated islands.
|Little Blue Heron E. caerulea, Arica, northern Chile.|
An elegant little heron found from the southern United States to the warmer coasts of South America.
|Snowy Egret E. thula, also at Arica.|
A very wide American range, covering the southern half of North America and most of South America
except for the Andes. I love the yellow feet!
|Western Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis, Benoué NP, Cameroon.|
This species and the next have recently been split, though this is not universally accepted.
This confuses the story of how the species spread throughout the world.
|Eastern Cattle Egrets B. coromandus with Water Buffaloes, Sabah (above)|
and with domestic cattle, Nowra, New South Wales (below).
These birds are in their lovely breeding plumage.
|Striated Heron Butorides striatus Galápagos, adult above, juvenile below.|
This species also has a huge distribution, across South America, Europe, Africa and Australia.
(See here for a photo of the Australian subspecies, from last week's posting.)
However until recently this distribution was even greater, with North and Central American birds also included
(they are now known as Green Herons B. virescens).
|Lava Heron B. sundevalli, Santa Cruz, Galápagos. |
This bird too was until recently included in the same world-wide species
but is now seen as a Galápagos endemic.
|Capped Heron Pilherodius pileatus, Yasuní NP, Ecuador.|
A little-known and scarce heron, with a wide tropical distribution east of the Andes;
the only one of its genus.
|Agami Heron Agamia agami, Yasuní NP, Ecuador.|
This is a bird of which we know sadly little - I feel privileged to have even seen one.
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