|Indian pond heron (Ardeola grayii)|
F. Boie, 1822
Pond herons (Ardeola) are herons, typically 40–50 cm (16–20 in) long with an 80–100 cm (31–39 in) 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. The scientific name comes from Latin ardeola, a small heron (ardea).
These pond herons are stocky species with a short neck, short thick bill, typically buff or brownish back, and coloured or streaked fore neck 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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