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Ardeidae - Herons, Egrets, Bitterns

 

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Ciconiiformes
 Family: Ardeidae
Snowy EgretThe birds in this family live in inland and coastal wetlands.

Most species in this family have long necks; short tails; long, pointed bills; and long legs. They eat fish, crustaceans, amphibians, and other aquatic animals.

Herons, egrets and bitterns are found around the world. There are around 65 species of birds in this family.



World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Not Enough DataNot Enough Data
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife. Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
 

New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH breeds in nh Breeds in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH More Info Click for More Info picture Click for Image

New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias Least Concern breeds in nh image More Info
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Least Concern breeds in nh image More Info
Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis Least Concern image More Info
Green Heron - Butorides virescens Least Concern breeds in nh image More Info
Great Egret - Casmerodius albus Least Concern image More Info
Little Blue Heron - Egretta caerulea Least Concern image More Info
Snowy Egret - Egretta thula Least Concern image More Info
Tricolored Heron - Egretta tricolor Least Concern image More Info
Least Bittern - Ixobrychus exilis Least Concern image More Info
Yellow-crowned Night Heron - Nyctanassa violacea Least Concern image More Info
Black-crowned Night Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax Least Concern breeds in nh
image More Info

  Agami Heron - Agamia agami Vulnerable image More Info
Cocoi Heron - Ardea cocoi Least Concern image More Info
Pinnated Bittern - Botaurus pinnatus Least Concern image More Info
Striated Heron - Butorides striata Least Concern image More Info
Boat-billed Heron - Cochlearius cochlearius Least Concern image More Info
Reddish Egret - Egretta rufescens Near Threatened image More Info
Capped Heron - Pilherodius pileatus Least Concern image More Info
Fasciated Tiger-heron - Tigrisoma fasciatum Least Concern image More Info
Rufescent Tiger-heron - Tigrisoma lineatum Least Concern image More Info
Bare-throated Tiger-heron - Tigrisoma mexicanum Least Concern image More Info

Species Around the World

Gray Heron - Ardea cinerea Least Concern Africa Asia Europe image More Info
Goliath Heron - Ardea goliath Least Concern Africa Asia image More Info
Madagascar Heron - Ardea humbloti Endangered Africa image More Info
White-bellied Heron - Ardea insignis Critically Endangered Asia image More Info
Intermediate Egret -Ardea intermedia  Least Concern Africa Asia Australia image More Info
Black-headed Heron - Ardea melanocephala Least Concern Africa image More Info
White-necked Heron - Ardea pacifica Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info
Pied Heron - Ardea picata Least Concern Asia Australia image
Purple Heron - Ardea purpurea Least Concern Africa Asia Europe image More Info
Great-billed Heron - Ardea sumatrana Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info
Chinese Pond-heron - Ardeola bacchus Least Concern Asia image More Info
Indian Pond-heron - Ardeola grayii Least Concern Asia image More Info
Madagascar Pond-heron - Ardeola idae Endangered Africa image More Info
Squacco Heron - Ardeola ralloides Least Concern Africa Asia Europe image More Info
Rufous-bellied Heron - Ardeola rufiventris Least Concern Africa image More Info
Javan Pond-heron - Ardeola speciosa Least Concern Asia image More Info
Australasian Bittern - Botaurus poiciloptilus Endangered Australia image More Info
Great Bittern - Botaurus stellaris Least Concern Africa Asia Europe image More Info
Black Heron - Egretta ardesiaca Least Concern Africa image More Info
Chinese Egret - Egretta eulophotes Vulnerable Asia image More Info
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe image More Info
Western Reef-egret - Egretta gularis Least Concern Africa Asia image More Info

 

White-faced Heron - Egretta novaehollandiae Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info
Pacific Reef-egret - Egretta sacra Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info
Slaty Egret - Egretta vinaceigula Vulnerable Africa image More Info
Japanese Night-heron - Gorsachius goisagi Endangered Asia image More Info
White-backed Night-heron - Gorsachius leuconotus Least Concern Africa image More Info
White-eared Night-heron - Gorsachius magnificus Endangered Asia image More Info
Malayan  Night-heron - Gorsachius melanolophus Least Concern Asia image More Info
Cinnamon Bittern - Ixobrychus cinnamomeus Least Concern Asia image More InfoSchrenck's Bittern - Ixobrychus eurhythmus Least Concern Asia image More Info
Black Bittern - Ixobrychus flavicollis Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info
Stripe-backed Bittern - Ixobrychus involucris Least Concern image More Info
Little Bittern - Ixobrychus minutus Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe image More Info
New Zealand Little Bittern - Ixobrychus novaezelandiae extinct Australia image
Yellow Bittern - Ixobrychus sinensis Least Concern Asia Australia image
Dwarf Bittern - Ixobrychus sturmii Least Concern Africa image More Info
Rufous Night-heron - Nycticorax caledonicus Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info
Reunion Night-heron - Nycticorax duboisi extinct Africa
Mauritius Night-heron - Nycticorax mauritianus extinct Africa
Rodrigues Night-heron - Nycticorax megacephalus extinct Africa
Whistling Heron - Syrigma sibilatrix Least Concern South America image More Info
White-crested Tiger-heron - Tigriornis leucolopha Least Concern Africa image More Info
Zigzag Heron - Zebrilus undulatus nearthreatened South America image More Info
Forest Bittern - Zonerodius heliosylus Near Threatened Asia Australia More Info

Additional Information

Resource Key
profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Agami Heron - Agamia agami profile Photos Audio Vulnerable North America South America
The agami heron is found in lowland forests from southern Mexico to northern South America.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Neotropical Birds Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus profile Photos Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
During the breeding season, the American Bittern ranges from the Mid-United States to northern Canada.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Australasian Bittern - Botaurus poiciloptilus Photos Video Endangered Australia
The Australasian bittern is also known as the brown bittern.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Australasian Bittern - Botaurus poiciloptilus profile Photos Endangered Australia
The Australasian bittern is found in the wetlands of southern Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia.
Source: BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Bare-throated Tiger-heron - Tigrisoma mexicanum profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America
The bare-throated tiger-heron is found from Mexico south to northern Peru and Argentina.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Neotropical Birds Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black Bittern - Ixobrychus flavicollis profile Photos Video Least Concern Asia Australia
The black bittern is found in Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, the Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black-crowned Night-heron - Nycticorax nycticorax profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
The black-crowned night heron is a medium-sized heron with a stocky body and short legs and neck. It has a black crown and back, gray wings, and a white underside.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black-crowned Night-heron - Nycticorax nycticorax profile Photos Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
The black-crowned night-heron is most active at dusk and at night.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black-crowned Night-heron - Nycticorax nycticorax profile Photos Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
Black-crowned night herons are found in a variety of wetland habitats such as swamps, streams, rivers, marshes, mud flats and the edges of lakes that have become overgrown with rushes and cattails.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black-crowned Night-heron - Nycticorax nycticorax profile Photos Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
Black-crowned night-herons are gregarious and are often seen in very large groups.
Source: Seattle Audubon Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black-crowned Night-heron - Nycticorax nycticorax profile Photos Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
The black-crowned night-heron is one of the most common herons in the northern United States.
Source: National Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black-crowned Night-heron - Nycticorax nycticorax Photos Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
Male black-crowned night herons use their nests to attract a mate. The same nest may be used for many years.
Source: National Zoo Photo Gallery Intended Audience: General Reading Level: N/A Teacher Section: Yes

Black-headed Heron - Ardea melanocephala profile Least Concern Africa
The black-headed heron is found in Sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Eritrea and south to South Africa.
Source: BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle Teacher Section: Yes

Black Heron - Egretta ardesiaca profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The black heron is found in sub-Saharan Africa. It uses its wings to great a shady spot that attracts fish!
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Boat-billed Heron - Cochlearius cochlearius profile Photos Audio Vulnerable North America South America
The boat-billed heron has a large flat bill. It is found from Mexico to South America.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Neotropical Birds Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Capped Heron - Pilherodius pileatus profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America
The capped heron is found in Central and South America.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Neotropical Birds Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
The cattle egret gets its name from its habit of wandering alongside herds of cattle.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis profile Photos Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
The cattle egret is native to Africa and Asia. It made its own way to other continents and was first reported in the United States in 1941.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis profile Photos Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
The cattle egret often looks like it is hunched over. It has short legs and a thick neck compared to other species of egrets.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis profile Photos Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
The cattle egret is also known as the buff-backed heron.
Source: Honolulu Zoo Intended Audience: Students-Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: Yes

Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis profile Photos Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
Grasshoppers are an important part if the cattle egret's diet. it also eats toads, tree-frogs, skinks, dragon flies, beetles, crickets, moths, termites and spiders.
Source: Oakland Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: Yes

Chinese Egret - Egretta eulophotes profile Photos Vulnerable Asia
The Chinese egret breeds in Russia, North Korea, South Korea and mainland China.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Chinese Egret - Egretta eulophotes profile Photos Vulnerable Asia
The Chinese egret is white with black legs and greenish-yellow feet.
Source: Birds of Korea Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Chinese Egret - Egretta eulophotes profile Photos Vulnerable Asia
The Chinese egret is found in shallow tidal estuaries, mudflats and bays.
Source: BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Chinese Pond-heron - Ardeola bacchus profile Photos Video Least Concern Asia
The Chinese pond-heron is found in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, , Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Cinnamon Bittern - Ixobrychus cinnamomeus profile Photos Video Least Concern Asia
The cinnamon bittern is found in Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, , Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.

Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Cocoi Heron - Ardea cocoi profile Photos Least Concern North America South America
The Cocoi heron is a large heron with an all-black cap, a white neck, white plumes on the breast, a gray back and wings, and white thighs.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Cocoi Heron - Ardea cocoi Photos Video Least Concern North America South America
The Cocoi heron breeds in South America and is a vagrant in Trinidad and Tobago.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Cocoi Heron - Ardea cocoi Photos Video Least Concern North America South America
The Cocoi heron is the largest South American heron.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Neotropical Birds Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Dwarf Bittern - Ixobrychus sturmii profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The dwarf bittern is a small heron found across much of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Fasciated Tiger-heron - Tigrisoma fasciatum profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America
The fasciated tiger-heron is found along rocky streams and rivers in subtropical forests in southern Central and northern and central South America.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Neotropical Birds Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Forest Bittern - Zonerodius heliosylus profile Photos Near Threatened Asia Australia
The forest bittern is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Goliath Heron - Ardea goliath profile Photos Least Concern Africa Asia
At around 4-5 feet in height, Goliath herons are the largest of all living herons.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Gray Heron - Ardea cinerea profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
The gray heron is the largest heron in Europe.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Gray Heron - Ardea cinerea Photos Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
The gray heron breeds in colonies in trees close to lakes, the seashore or other wetlands.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Great-billed Heron - Ardea sumatrana profile Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia Australia
The great-billed heron is found in Australia, Brunei Darussalam, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Great Bittern - Botaurus stellaris profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
The bittern is more likely to be heard than seen. During the mating season, the male's booming call can be heard up to a mile away.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias profile Photos Video Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The great blue heron is the largest heron in North America.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
An all white form of the great blue heron is found from southern Florida into the Caribbean, and used to be considered a separate species, the "Great White Heron."
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The great blue heron has a six-foot wingspan.
Source: Seattle Audubon Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
Great blue herons always live near sources of water, including rivers, lake edges, marshes, saltwater seacoasts, and swamps.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
Great blue herons nest in colonies.
Source: National Geographic Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No


Great Egret - Casmerodius albus profile Photos Video Least Concern Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
The great egret is found in wetlands.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Great Egret - Casmerodius albus profile Photos Audio Least Concern Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
The great egret is also known as the great white egret.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Great Egret - Casmerodius albus profile Photos Audio Least Concern Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
The great egret stabs its prey with its long sharp bill and swallows the prey whole.
Source: National Geographic Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Great Egret - Casmerodius albus profile Photos Audio Least Concern Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
The great egret is about three feet tall.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Great Egret - Casmerodius albus Photos Least Concern Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
In the early 20th century, the long feathers of the great egret were used on ladies hats. The species was almost hunted into extinction.
Source: National Zoo Photo Gallery Intended Audience: General Reading Level: N/A Teacher Section: Yes

Green Heron - Butorides virescens profile Photos Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The green heron is sometimes called the green-backed heron. It is a small heron, about the size of a large crow.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Green Heron - Butorides virescens profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The green heron is one of the few tool-using birds. It drops bait into the water and snatches up the small fish that take the bait.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Green Heron - Butorides virescens profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The green heron has a dark head with a small black crest. Its back and wings are dark gray-green to dark gray-blue.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Green Heron - Butorides virescens profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
Except during mating season, the green heron is a solitary bird.
Source: Seattle Audubon Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Green Heron - Butorides virescens Photos Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The green heron feeds at the edge of the water. It eats mostly small fish, but it also eats crustaceans, mollusks, insects, reptiles, amphibians, spiders, and leeches.
Source: National Zoo Photo Gallery Intended Audience: General Reading Level: N/A Teacher Section: Yes

Indian Pond-heron - Ardeola grayii profile Photos Video Least Concern Asia
The Indian pond-heron has white-gray plumage, a brown stripe on its back, and a yellow beak with a black tip.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Indian Pond-heron - Ardeola grayii Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia
The Indian pond-heron breeds from southern Iran and east to India, Burma, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Intermediate Egret - Ardea intermedia  profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Australia
The intermediate egret is found across Africa south of the Sahara, as well as in South and Southeast Asia, to China, Japan, New Guinea, and Australia
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Japanese Night-heron - Gorsachius goisagi profile Photos Video Endangered Asia
The Japanese night-heron is a small, stocky heron found in East Asia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Javan Pond-heron - Ardeola speciosa profile Photos Video Least Concern Asia
The Javan pond-heron is found in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Least Bittern - Ixobrychus exilis profile Photos Video Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The least bittern breeds in the central and eastern United States. It winters in Florida, Mexico, and Central and South America.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Least Bittern - Ixobrychus exilis profile Photos Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
When startled, the least bittern sometimes stands motionless and points its bill straight up in the air in an attempt to blend in with the tall marsh vegetation.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Little Bittern - Ixobrychus minutus profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe
The little bittern is a small heron with a dark back, dark cap and buffy-white neck and wing patches.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Little Blue Heron - Egretta caerulea profile Photos Video Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
Adult little blue herons are slate blue. Immature little blue herons are white.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Little Blue Heron - Egretta caerulea profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The little blue heron breeds in freshwater and estuarine habitats.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Little Blue Heron - Egretta caerulea profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
In the U.S., the little blue Heron is found along the Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to Florida, but it is most abundant along the Gulf of Mexico.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Little Egret - Egretta garzetta profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe
The little egret is usually found in large wetland areas.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Little Egret - Egretta garzetta Photos Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe
The little egret is all white with black legs and yellow feet.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Madagascar Heron - Ardea humbloti Photos Endangered Africa
The Madagascar heron breeds only in Madagascar.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Madagascar Heron - Ardea humbloti profile Photos Endangered Africa
There are around 1,500 Madagascar herons in the wild.
Source: BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Madagascar Pond-heron - Ardeola idae profile Photos Endangered Africa
The Madagascar Pond-heron is found in Madagascar and the Seychelles.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Madagascar Pond-heron - Ardeola idae profile Photos Endangered Africa
During the breeding season, the Madagascar Pond-heron is white with long crest on its head and a blue bill.
Source: BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Malayan  Night-heron - Gorsachius melanolophus profile Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia
The Malayan night-heron is found in Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Pacific Reef-egret - Egretta sacra profile Photos Video Least Concern Asia Australia
The Pacific reef-egret comes in a dark morph and a light morph.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pinnated Bittern - Botaurus pinnatus profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America
The pinnated bittern is found in shallow freshwater marshes and lake edges from Mexico to Argentina.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Neotropical Birds Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Purple Heron - Ardea purpurea profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
The purple heron is 31-35 inches tall and has a wingspan of 4-5 feet.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Reddish Egret - Egretta rufescens Photos Near Threatened North America South America
In the U.S., the reddish egret is found on the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana and in the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of southern Florida.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Reddish Egret - Egretta rufescens profile Photos Audio Near Threatened North America South America
The reddish egret is often seen running, jumping, and spinning in its pursuit of fish.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Rufescent Tiger-heron - Tigrisoma lineatum profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America
The rufescent tiger-heron is found from southern Mexico south to Argentina.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Neotropical Birds Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Rufous Night-heron - Nycticorax caledonicus profile Photos Least Concern Asia Australia
The rufous night-heron is also known as the Nankeen night-heron. It is found in Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Christmas Island, Indonesia, Malaysia, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Rufous-bellied Heron - Ardeola rufiventris profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The rufous-bellied heron is found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Schrenck's Bittern - Ixobrychus eurhythmus profile Photos Video Least Concern Asia
Schrenck's bittern is found in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Slaty Egret - Egretta vinaceigula Photos Vulnerable Africa
The slaty egret is blue-gray with a white throat and a dark reddish foreneck.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Slaty Egret - Egretta vinaceigula profile Photos Vulnerable Africa
In Botswana the slaty egret is confined to the Okavango Delta.
Source: Birds of Botswana Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Slaty Egret - Egretta vinaceigula profile Photos Vulnerable Africa
The slaty egret is found in Zambia, Botswana, and northern Namibia.
Source: BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Snowy Egret - Egretta thula profile Photos Video Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
In breeding season, the snowy egret has lacy plumes on its head, neck, and back.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Snowy Egret - Egretta thula profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The snowy egret has black legs and yellow fee.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Snowy Egret - Egretta thula profile Photos Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The snowy egret is found throughout North, Central, and South America as well as the Caribbean.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Squacco Heron - Ardeola ralloides profile Photos Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
The squacco heron is named for its piercing ‘squawk’ call.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Striated Heron - Butorides striata profile Photos Video Least Concern Asia Australia North America South America
The striated heron is a small, stocky blue-gray heron. It is also known as the green-backed heron.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Stripe-backed Bittern - Ixobrychus involucris profile Photos Audio Least Concern South America
The stripe-backed bittern is found in South America.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Neotropical Birds Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Tricolored Heron - Egretta tricolor profile Photos Video Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The tricolored heron is also known as the Louisiana heron.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Tricolored Heron - Egretta tricolor profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The tricolored heron has slate blue feathers on most of its body except for a white chest and belly and a rust-colored neck.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Tricolored Heron - Egretta tricolor profile Photos Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The tricolored heron is found in shallow marshes and shores.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Western Reef-egret - Egretta gularis profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia North America
The western reef-egret is native to Africa and Asia, but vagrant individuals have been recorded as far away as the Caribbean, and North America.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Whistling Heron - Syrigma sibilatrix profile Photos Audio Least Concern South America
The whistling heron is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Neotropical Birds Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-backed Night-heron - Gorsachius leuconotus profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The white-backed night-heron is found across much of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-bellied Heron - Ardea insignis Photos Critically Endangered Asia
The white-bellied heron is a very large, long-necked heron.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

White-bellied Heron - Ardea insignis profile Photos Critically Endangered Asia
The white-bellied heron is found from the eastern Himalayan foothills in Bhutan and north-east India to the hills of Bangladesh, and north Myanmar.
Source: BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

White-crested Tiger-heron - Tigriornis leucolopha profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The white-crested tiger-heron is found in rainforests in equatorial Africa.

Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-eared Night-heron - Gorsachius magnificus profile Photos Video Endangered Asia
The white-eared night-heron is found in China and Vietnam.

Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-faced Heron - Egretta novaehollandiae profile Photos Video Least Concern Asia Australia
The white-faced heron is found in Australia, Christmas Island, Fiji, Indonesia; New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

White-necked Heron - Ardea pacifica profile Photos Video Least Concern Asia Australia
The white-necked heron is found across Australia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Yellow-crowned Night Heron - Nyctanassa violacea profile Photos Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The yellow-crowned night heron is more solitary than other herons. It prefers to nest separately from other birds.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Zigzag Heron - Zebrilus undulatus profile Photos Audio nearthreatened South America
The zigzag heron is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Neotropical Birds Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No