A Provisional Checklist Of Herons of the World




Common Name Scientific Name No. Subspecies Length in cms Distribution
Whistling Heron Syrigma sibilatrix 1 53-61 S. America
Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens 1 69-81 S. USA to C. America
Pied Egret Egretta plicata 0 -48 Australia, New Guinea
Slaty Egret Egretta vinaceigula 0 -43 Transvaal
Black Heron Egretta ardesiaca 0 48-50 Africa
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor 1 60-70 S. USA to Northern S. America
White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae 0 -66 Australasia
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea 0 64-71 S. USA to Central S. America
Little Egret Egretta garzetta 3 55-65 Africa, Europe to Japan to Australia
Western Reef-Egret Egretta gularis 1 55-66 Africa
Dimorphic Egret Egretta dimorpha 0 55-67 Madagasca
Snowy Egret Egretta thula 1 56-66 S. USA to Northern S. America
Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes 0 -68 China
Pacific Reef-Egret Egretta sacra 1 -58 S.E. Asia to Australia, New Zealand
Capped Heron Pilherodius pileatus 0 51-59 Central and N. South America
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 3 90-98 Africa, Europe to Japan
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias 4 97-137 C. and N. America, Galapagos
Cocoi Heron Ardea cocoi 0 97-127 S. America
Pacific Heron Ardea pacifica 0 76-107 Australia
Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala 0 -92 S. Africa
Humblot's Heron Ardea humbloti 0 -100 Madagasca, Aldabra Is.
Goliath Heron Ardea goliath 0 -140 Africa
Imperial Heron Ardea imperialis 0 -127 Sikkim to Burma
Great-billed Heron Ardea sumatrana 1 -115 S. E. Asia
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 2 -79 S. Europe to Japan, Africa
Great Egret Casmerodius albus 5 85-102 Pan Tropical
Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia 2 65-72 Africa to S. E. Asia to Australia
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 1 -50 Europe to S. E. Asia, Africa, Americas
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 0 -45 S. Europe to Africa
Indian Pond-Heron Ardeola grayii 0 -46 India
Chinese Pond-Heron Ardeola bacchus 0 -45 China and S.E. Asia
Javan Pond-Heron Ardeola speciosa 1 -45 Borneo, Sumatra, Java
Madagascar Pond-Heron Ardeola idae 0 -45 E. Africa, Madagasca
Rufous-bellied Heron Ardeola rufiventris 0 -39 Africa
Striated Heron Butorides striatus 30 -40 World wide (Tropical)
Green Heron Butorides virescens 0 -40 E. North America, Panama
Galapagos Heron Butorides sundevalli 0 -40 Galapagos Is.
Agami Heron Agamia agami 0 -76 Central and Northern S. America
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea 5 55-70 California to S. America, Galapagos
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 3 58-65 Americas, Holland to Japan, Africa
Rufous Night-Heron Nycticorax caledonicus 4 -59 S.E. Asian Islands
White-backed Night-Heron Gorsachius leuconotus 0 50-55 Senegal to Natal
White-eared Night-Heron Gorsachius magnificus 0 -54 S.E. China
Japanese Night-Heron Gorsachius goisagi 0 -49 China, Japan, Philippines
Malayan Night-Heron Gorsachius melanolophus 4 -49 India to S. E. Asia
Boat-billed Heron Cochlearius cochlearia 4 45-51 C. and S. America
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron Tigrisoma mexicanum 0 71-81 C. America
Fasciated Tiger-Heron Tigrisoma fasciatum 2 -66 S. America
Rufescent Tiger-Heron Tigrisoma lineatum 1 66-76 C. and S. America
Forest Bittern Zonerodius heliosylus 0 -71 New Guinea
White-crested Tiger Bittern Tigriornis leucolophus 0 66-80 Africa
Zigzag Heron Zebrilus undulatus 0 Brazil





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