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2008-09-25 03:00:18

By Lin, Tao Xue, Xiong-zhi; Huang, Jing; Cui, Sheng-hui Key words: Egrets, ecological safety, assessment, urban environment, Xiamen SUMMARY In general, wildlife is facing increasing threats from rapid urbanisation in China. Ecological safety for wildlife requires an ecosystem that provides the conditions necessary for sustaining life. In this paper, two major breeding habitats and ten typical foraging habitats of egrets living in the urban environment were selected to assess the extent to...


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Great Egret, Ardea alba
2013-04-23 23:31:26

The Great Egret (Ardea alba), also known as the Great White Egret, Large Egret, Great White Heron or Common Egret, is a large and widely distributed egret. Dispersed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions throughout the world, in southern Europe it’s rather localized. In North America it’s more widely distributed, and it’s everywhere across the Sun Belt of the United States and in the rainforests of South America. It’s occasionally confused with the Great White Heron...

Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias
2013-01-01 15:30:22

The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is a large wading bird belonging to the heron family called Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North and Central America as well as the Caribbean and Galapagos Islands. It’s a rare vagrant to Europe, with records from Spain, the Azores, England and the Netherlands. An all-white population found only in the Caribbean and southern Florida was once treated as a separate species and was known as the Great White...

Intermediate Egret, Mesophoyx intermedia
2012-12-28 15:00:21

The Intermediate Egret, Medium Egret, Smaller Egret, or Yellow-billed Egret (mesophoyx intermedia), is a medium sized heron. Some taxonomists put this species in the genus Egretta or Ardea. It’s a resident breeder from east Africa across the Indian Subcontinent to Southeast Asia and Australia. As the scientific name implies, this species is intermediate in size between the Great Egret and smaller white egrets, such as the Little Egret and Cattle Egret, though closer to Little than Great....

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2005-06-08 11:27:13

The Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) is a small heron. It is a resident breeder in the Caribbean, including the Gulf states of the USA. There is post-breeding dispersal to well north of the nesting range, sometimes as far as the border with Canada. Their breeding habitat is located in sub-tropical swamps where it nests in colonies, often with other herons, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. Three to seven eggs are laid in one clutch. This species is about 60 cm long,...

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2005-06-02 10:33:21

The Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) is a small heron resident in Central America, the Caribbean and the southern USA in the Gulf states and California. There is post-breeding dispersal to well north of the nesting range. Their breeding habitat is located in tropical swamps. It nests in colonies, often with other herons, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. 3-7 eggs are laid. This species is about 65cm long, with a 115cm wingspan. It is a medium-sized, long-legged,...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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