Species Details


Pacific Reef (Heron) Egret Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Egretta sacra
Family : Ardeidae
Order : Pelecaniformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Pacific Reef Egret, Reef Heron
Habitat : Coast
Description : The Pacific Reef Heron is a dimorphic wading bird having dark and light morphs (adult bird length approximately 58 cm, wing 27 cm, bill 8 cm, tarsus 7.5 cm, tail 9.5 cm). In the dark morph it is slaty-grey or brownish-black, In the light morph it is pure white. It feeds on fish, crabs and insects. The species lays clutches of eggs throughout the year in colonies situated in the jungle, often among palm trees, mangroves, or in cavities of old buildings. The nests are made from branches and blossoms, and each clutch typically contains two to three pale greenish-blue eggs. Both males and females take turns in brooding the eggs. The incubation period lasts around 28 days. After hatching, the parents care for the chicks for about five weeks before they become independent.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: gus320 (www.inaturalist.org/people/gus320 ),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;Matthias Feuersengermore information, please contact us.