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Egretta Ardea Bubulcus Mesophoyx

An egret /ˈiːɡrət/ is any of several herons, most of which are white or buff, and several of which develop fine plumes (usually milky white) during the breeding season.

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1 Biology 2 Species in taxonomic order 3 Habitat 4 References 5 External links

Biology[edit]

Great egret
Great egret
in flight

Egrets at dusk in Kolleru Lake, Andhra Pradesh, India

Many egrets are members of the genera Egretta
Egretta
or Ardea which also contain other species named as herons rather than egrets. The distinction between a heron and an egret is rather vague, and depends more on appearance than biology. The word "egret" comes from the French word "aigrette" that means both "silver heron" and "brush", referring to the long filamentous feathers that seem to cascade down an egret's back during the breeding season. Several of the egrets have been reclassified from one genus to another in recent years: the great egret, for example, has been classified as a member of either Casmerodius, Egretta
Egretta
or Ardea. In the 19th and early part of the 20th century, some of the world's egret species were endangered by relentless plume hunting, since hat makers in Europe and the United States demanded large numbers of egret plumes, leading to breeding birds being killed in many places around the world. Several Egretta
Egretta
species, including the eastern reef egret, the reddish egret, and the western reef egret have two distinct colours, one of which is entirely white. The little blue heron has all-white juvenile plumage. Species in taxonomic order[edit]

Great egret
Great egret
or great white egret, Ardea alba Intermediate egret, Mesophoyx
Mesophoyx
intermedia Cattle egret, Bubulcus
Bubulcus
ibis Little egret
Little egret
Egretta
Egretta
garzetta Eastern reef egret
Eastern reef egret
or Pacific reef heron, Egretta
Egretta
sacra Western reef egret
Western reef egret
or western reef heron, Egretta
Egretta
gularis Snowy egret, Egretta
Egretta
thula Reddish egret, Egretta
Egretta
rufescens Slaty egret, Egretta
Egretta
vinaceigula Black egret, Egretta
Egretta
ardesiaca Chinese egret, Egretta
Egretta
eulophotes

Egret
Egret
at Palakkad, India

Egret
Egret
catching its prey

Habitat[edit] Egrets hunt and live in both saltwater and freshwater marshes.[1] References[edit]

^ The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. "Egret". All About Birds. Cornell University. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Ardeidae
Ardeidae
at Wikimedia Commons Data related to Ardeidae
Ardeidae
at Wikispecies Well written and illustrated Egret
Egret
article Encyclopaedia Britannica Great egret

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