heron

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heron

tall, elegant, fish-eating waterbird, with long legs and a long neck. They are mostly Ardea spp. of the family Ardeidae. Includes gray, purple, great blue and little blue herons.
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strigulosus (a) Ardeidae (1) Butorides striata Accipitridae (2) Elanoides forficatus Harpagus bidentatus Psophiidae (1) Psophia leucoptera Rallidae (1) Aramides cajanea Eurypygidae (1) Eurypyga helias Columbidae (5) Columbina talpacoti Patagioenas plumbea Leptotila verreauxi L.
caerulea) 1 White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 7 Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) 1 Ardeidae (unidentified species) 2 Threskiomithidae (unidentified species) 2 Anseriformes (7) Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 1 Blue-winged Teal (A.
bartletti Grebes Podicipedidae Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps Herons Ardeidae Striated Heron Butorides striata Rufescent Tiger Heron Tigrisoma lineatum Ducks/Geese/Swans Anatidae Blue-winged Teal Anas discors Masked Duck Nomonyx dominicus Kites/Hawks/Eagles Accipitridae Grey-headed Kite Leptodon cayanensis Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus Double-toothed Kite Harpagus bidentatus Plumbeous Kite Ictinia plumbea Bicolored Hawk Accipiter bicolor Black-faced Hawk Leucopternis melanops White Hawk L.
This note documents an adult Pacific Reef Egret killing an adult conspecific and, to the best of my knowledge, is the first report of an adult Ardeidae species killing a conspecific adult.