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|Indian pond heron (Ardeola grayii)|
F. Boie, 1822
Pond herons (Ardeola) are herons, typically 40–50 cm long with 80–100 cm wingspan. Most breed in the tropical Old World, but the migratory squacco heron occurs in southern Europe and the Middle East and winters in Africa.
These pond herons are stocky species with a short neck, short thick bill, typically buff or brownish back, and coloured or streaked foreneck and breast. In summer, adults may have long neck feathers. Ardeola herons are transformed in flight, looking very white due to the brilliant white wings.
- Indian pond heron, Ardeola grayii
- Squacco heron, Ardeola ralloides
- Chinese pond heron, Ardeola bacchus
- Javan pond heron, Ardeola speciosa
- Malagasy pond heron, Ardeola idae
- Rufous-bellied heron, Ardeola rufiventris
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