Physical Description

Diagnostic Description

Description

Size: small to medium. Plumage: white or with white phase; long lanceolate plumes variously on crown, nape, back and/or breast with or without aigrettes.
  • Brown, L.H., E.K. Urban & K. Newman (1982). The Birds of Africa, Volume I. Academic Press, London.
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Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 6 specimens in 11 taxa.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 0 - 0
 
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Associations

Known prey organisms

Egretta (reef heron) preys on:
Insecta
Scincidae

Based on studies in:
Polynesia (Reef)

This list may not be complete but is based on published studies.
  • W. A. Niering, Terrestrial ecology of Kapingamarangi Atoll, Caroline Islands, Ecol. Monogr. 33(2):131-160, from p. 157 (1963).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

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Specimen Records:61Public Records:29
Specimens with Sequences:43Public Species:8
Specimens with Barcodes:43Public BINs:8
Species:8         
Species With Barcodes:8         
          
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Barcode data

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Locations of barcode samples

Collection Sites: world map showing specimen collection locations for Egretta

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Wikipedia

Egretta

Egretta is a genus of medium-sized herons, mostly breeding in warmer climates. Representatives of this family are found in most of the world, and the Little Egret, as well as being widespread throughout much of the Old World, has now started to colonise the Americas.

Little Egret Egretta garzetta in Kolleru, Andhra Pradesh, India.

These are typical egrets in shape, long-necked and long-legged. There are few plumage features in common, although several have plumes in breeding plumage; a number of species are either white in all plumages, have a white morph (e.g. Reddish Egret), or have a white juvenile plumage (Little Blue Heron).

The breeding habitat of Egretta herons is marshy wetlands in warm countries. They nest in colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs.

These herons feed on insects, fish and amphibians, caught normally by cautious stalking.

Taxonomy [edit]

As with other heron groupings, the taxonomy of these birds has been a source of dispute. Some of these species have been placed with the great herons in Ardea, and conversely the large white species like Great Egret are occasionally allocated to Egretta.

The fact that some of the group are named as “heron” and some as “egret” has no taxonomic significance.

Species [edit]

A fossil species, Egretta subfluvia, is known from the Late Miocene or Early Pliocene of Florida.

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