Long-Legged WADERS of Europe
The long-legged waders are comprised of the egrets, herons, ibises, spoonbills, storks, and flamingos. They are a diverse group, united by their long legs that enable them to wade for food.
Order Pelicaniformes Family Ardeidae
, and Storks
are related. Whether they should be grouped in one, two, or three orders is disputed. The grouping followed here is: Herons - Pelicaniformes
; Pelicans - Pelicaniformes
; and storks - Ciconiiformes
make up the Ardeidae family. Species belonging to genus Ardea are usually considered to be herons and those belonging to genus Egretta are called egrets. However, there is no clear distinction between herons and egrets. Those species that are white or have fancy plumage are usually called egrets. Bitterns
also belong to the Ardeidae family.A common feature of the Ardeidae species is that they fly with their necks retracted, unlike the ibis that fly with their necks outstretched.
- 1 species
Egret, Cattle Bubulcus ibis
Found - The Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia.
Image by Dick Daniels
: 1, 2) Australia
North Carolina 4) Puerto Rico 5, 6)
Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island 7) Madagascar 10)
Boquette, Panama 9) Cristiano Crolle
- near Novara, Italy
1, 2, 3, 9) Breeding
These species are medium-sized herons, mostly breeding in warmer climates.
Egret, Little Egretta garzetta
North America (uncommon), Europe,
Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand
Image by: 1) Dick
- Cairns, Australia 2) DIck Daniels
- Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
3, 5) Sandy Cole
- St. Lucia, South Africa 4) Cristiano Crolle
- Racconigi, Italy 6) Dick
- Sylvan Heights
- Sylvan Heights
5) The Little Egret, Egyption Geese, and Reed Cormorant kept the crocodile from coming ashore.