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Temporal range: Late Miocene to present
White-faced heron, Egretta novaehollandiae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Egretta
T. Forster, 1817

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Little egret Egretta garzetta in Kolleru, Andhra Pradesh, India
White-faced heron, Egretta novaehollandiae with a frog

As with other heron groupings, the taxonomy of these birds has been a source of dispute. Some of these species have been placed with the great herons in Ardea, and conversely the large white species like great egret are occasionally allocated to Egretta.

The fact that some of the group are named "heron" and some "egret" has no taxonomic significance.


A fossil species, Egretta subfluvia, is known from the Late Miocene or Early Pliocene of Florida.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Egretta at Wikimedia Commons
  • Data related to Egretta at Wikispecies