Egrets and Herons

To: Ricki Coughlan <>, Birding-aus <>
Subject: Egrets and Herons
From: Chris Sanderson <>
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 12:34:12 +1000
Given that most Herons and all Egrets in Australia are of the Ardea
genus, my guess at the difference is that egrets are white and herons
aren't.  The night heron and the bittern-like herons are quite
different and don't share the Ardea genus.


On Tue, 28 Dec 2004 10:12:24 +1100, Ricki Coughlan <> wrote:
> Hi birders
> I'm throwing myself on your collective wisdom here: Can anyone tell me what
> defines the differences between a Heron and an Egret?
> Cheers
> Ricki
> Broome WA
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