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2009-02-12 15:05:47

Ornithologists have reported smaller numbers of birds native to the wetlands of the Philippines due to urbanization and growth of agriculture. Such outside influences have caused the marshes to shrink from 32,000 hectares thirty years ago to just 72 hectares today. "In the 1980s they would routinely count 100,000 wild Philippine ducks and mainland Asian garganays (wild ducks) in one day, just for the two species," Michael Lu, president of Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, told AFP. Now...


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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...

Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea
2013-01-01 13:38:46

The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) is a wading bird belonging to the family Ardeidae. It is native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It is resident in the milder south and west, but many birds move away during the winter away from the ice in colder regions. It has become common in the summer even inside the Arctic Circle along the Norwegian coast. It’s a large bird, standing up to 39 inches tall and measuring 33 to 40 inches long with a 61 to 77 inch wingspan....

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....

Ardea Cocoi
2012-04-03 13:42:31

The Cocoi Heron, (Ardea cocoi), is a species of heron in the Ardeidae family. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela. It can also be found during the non-breeding seasons in Trinidad and Tobago. It is a rare vagrant to the Falkland Islands and Tristan da Cunha. Its natural habitats are rivers, swamps, and freshwater lakes. The adult Cocoi Heron measures between 37 and 50 inches in...

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