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Western Reef Heron

(Egretta gularis)
Alternate name(s): "Western Reef Egret"; race "schistacea": "Indian Reef Heron"
Size: 55-65 cm; wing span 85-105 cm
Weight: 300-700 g

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Western Reef Heron at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "schistacea"

White morphology

ADULT

Sex unknown

NON-BREEDING

Frontal view of a white-morphology Western Reef Heron, front right (note the nuchal plumes), and a number of grey-morphology Western Reef Herons working over a shallow puddle
[Qurm, December 2009]

Grey morphology

ADULT

Sex unknown

NON-BREEDING

Frontal view of a grey-morphology Western Reef Heron (note the white chin patch giving the species its name "gularis"), with a white-morphology bird in the background
[Qurm, December 2009]

Lateral view of a grey-morphology Western Reef Heron
[Qurm, December 2009]

Lateral view of a grey-morphology Western Reef Heron
[Qurm, December 2009]

Grey-morphology Western Reef Heron (left) and Grey Heron (right) next to each other, giving a good impression of the relative sizes of both species
[Qurm, December 2009]

Food, Diet

All egrets and herons prey on aquatic creatures in fresh water or estuaries (fish, frogs, snakes or crustaceans).

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