Order Pelecaniformes

Family Ardeidae

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  • Medium-sized to large wading birds with long bill, neck and legs.
  • All regions except Antarctic, with greatest diversity in tropics.
  • Wide variety of wetland habitats; a few species mainly terrestrial.
  • 27-140 cm.
  • 19 genera, 64 species, 158 taxa.
  • 9 species threatened;
    1 species and 1 subspecies extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Martínez-Vilalta, A. & Motis, A. (2019). Herons (Ardeidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52203 on 9 December 2019).