Heron Species

Heron Species information

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Boat Billed Heron Perched on Tree Heron Species
Boat Billed Heron Perched on Tree Heron Species


Subfamily Tigrisomatinae

Subfamily Botaurinae 

  • Genus Zebrilus
    • Zigzag Heron, Zebrilus undulatus
  • Genus Ixobrychus
    • Little Bittern, Ixobrychus minutus 
      Little Bittern in the Swamp
      Little Bittern in the Swamp
    • New Zealand Little Bittern, Ixobrychus novaezelandiae (extinct)
    • Cinnamon Bittern, Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
    • Stripe-backed Bittern, Ixobrychus involucris
    • Least Bittern, Ixobrychus exilis
    • Yellow Bittern, Ixobrychus sinensis
    • Schrenck’s Bittern, Ixobrychus eurhythmus
    • Dwarf Bittern, Ixobrychus sturmii
    • Black Bittern, Ixobrychus flavicollis
  • Genus Botaurus: Botaurus has a single representative species in North America, Central and South America, Eurasia and Australasia. The two northern species are partially migratory, with many birds moving south to warmer areas in winter. The four Botaurus bitterns are all large chunky, heavily streaked brown birds that breed in large reedbeds. They are secretive and well-camouflaged, and despite their size, they can be difficult to observe except for occasional flight views. Like other bitterns, they eat fish, frogs, and similar aquatic life.

Subfamily Ardeinae

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