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Western Reef-Heron

Aigrette à gorge blanche

Egretta gularis

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Life, Habitat & Pictures of North American Herons

B L W W W Family Latin Name
26" 66cm 43" 109cm 14.1oz 400g Ardeidae Egretta gularis

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The Western Reef-Heron is a native wading bird of Eurasia. It is seen in the southeastern regions of Europe and as far as India. It is also seen in Africa. This heron has a dark and white morph appearance and the dark morph is much more common. It has been seen inside the perimeters of North America and is a recognized vagrant.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.

I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.

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