Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bitterns, herons and egrets

Order: Ciconiiformes.
Family: Ardeidae
Eastern Great Egret
The family Ardeidae contains the bitterns, herons and egrets. Herons and egrets are medium to large sized wading birds with long necks and legs. Bitterns tend to be shorter necked and more wary. Unlike other long-necked birds suck as storks, ibises and spoonbills, members of Ardeidae fly with their necks retracted. There are 61 species worldwide and 17 species which occur in Bangladesh.

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