Neha Patil

Pond heron

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Pelecaniformes
Scientific name  Ardeola
Rank  Genus
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Ardeidae
Higher classification  Heron
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Lower classifications  Squacco heron, Indian pond heron, Chinese pond heron, Javan pond heron, Malagasy pond heron

Pond heron


Pond herons (Ardeola) are herons, typically 40–50 cm (16–20 in) long with an 80–100 cm (31–39 in) wingspan. Most breed in the tropical Old World, but the migratory squacco heron occurs in southern Europe and the Middle East and winters in Africa. The scientific name comes from Latin ardeola, a small heron (ardea).

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These pond herons are stocky species with a short neck, short thick bill, typically buff or brownish back, and coloured or streaked fore neck and breast. In summer, adults may have long neck feathers. Ardeola herons are transformed in flight, looking very white due to the brilliant white wings.

Pond heron Javan pond Heron ardeola speciosa a photo on Flickriver

Their breeding habitat is marshy wetlands. They nest in small colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. Two to five eggs are laid.

Pond heron Chinese pond heron Wikipedia

These herons feed on insects, fish and amphibians. They are often found on small ponds giving rise to the English name shared by most of the species.

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Species

  • Indian pond heron, Ardeola grayii
  • Squacco heron, Ardeola ralloides
  • Chinese pond heron, Ardeola bacchus
  • Javan pond heron, Ardeola speciosa
  • Malagasy pond heron, Ardeola idae
  • Rufous-bellied heron, Ardeola rufiventris
  • References

    Pond heron Wikipedia


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