Bennu heron

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Bennu heron
Temporal range: Holocene, 0.00255 Ma
Bennu bird.svg
Copy of Ancient Egyptian representation of the Bennu
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ardea
Species: A. bennuides
Binomial name
Ardea bennuides
Hoch, 1979
Ancient depiction

The Bennu heron (Ardea bennuides) is a large extinct heron from the United Arab Emirates. Its remains have been dated to the Umm al-Nar period (2500 – 2000 BCE).[1] It is thought to have been the inspiration for the Bennu in Egyptian Mythology, hence the specific name.[2]


  1. ^ Potts, D.T. "Before the Emirates: an Archaeological and Historical Account of Developments in the Region c. 5000 BC to 676 AD" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  2. ^ "Bennu Heron". Songbird ReMix Birds of Legend. Ken Gilliland. Retrieved 2012-08-19.