Family Ardeidae in Uganda

Family Ardeidae in Uganda

April 4, 2022

The family Ardeidae in Uganda contains the bitterns, herons and egrets. Herons and egrets are usually medium to large sized wading birds with long necks and legs.

Bitterns tend to be shorter necked and more wary. Unlike other long-necked birds suck as storks, ibises and spoonbills, members of Ardeidae fly with their necks retracted. There are 61 species worldwide and 17 species which occur in Uganda.

Black Heron (Egretta ardesiaca)

Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia)

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath)

Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)

Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

Black-crowned Night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala0)

White-backed Night-heron (Gorsachius leuconotus)

Madagascar Pond-Heron (Ardeola idae)

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Rufous-bellied Heron (Ardeola rufiventris)

Dwarf Bittern (Ixobrychus sturmii)

Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris)

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