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Dimorphic or Western Reef-Egret

Egretta [gularis or dimorpha] (= Egretta gularis) (Bosc, 1792)

The Western Reef Heron (Egretta gularis) also called the Western Reef Egret, is a medium-sized heron found in southern Europe, Africa and parts of Asia. It has a mainly coastal distribution and occurs in two plumage forms, a slaty-gray plumage in which it can only be confused with the rather uncommon dark morph of the Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) and a white form which can look very similar to the Little Egret although the bill tends to be paler and larger. There are also differences in size, structure and foraging behaviour. There have been suggestions that the species hybridizes with the Little Egret, and based on this, some authors treat schistacea and gularis as subspecies of Egretta garzetta. Works that consider the Western Reef Heron as a valid species include the nominate gularis and schistacea as subspecies. Source: Wikipedia




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Order:
  Pelecaniformes
Family:
  Ardeidae
Genus:
  Egretta

Scientific:
  Egretta gularis

Citation:
  (Bosc, 1792)

Reference:
  ActesSoc.Hist.Nat.Paris 1 p.4 pl.2

Protonym:
  Ardea gularis

Avibase ID:
  2007348D400F8102

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/2007348D

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 174822

Geographic range:

  • Egretta dimorpha: Madagascar, Aldabra and Assumption I.
  • Egretta gularis gularis: Coastal w Africa to Gulf of Guinea islands and Gabon
  • Egretta gularis schistacea: Coastal e Africa to Red Sea, Persian Gulf and se India
English:
Dimorphic or Western Reef-Egret
Czech:
volavka belolící
German:
Küstenreiher
Danish:
Revhejre
Spanish:
Garceta Dimorfa
Finnish:
riuttahaikara
French:
Aigrette à gorge blanche ou A. dimorphe
Icelandic:
Kóralhegri
Italian:
Airone schistaceo
Japanese:
afurikakurosagi
Japanese:
アフリカクロサギ
Dutch:
Westelijke Rifreiger
Norwegian:
Strandhegre
Polish:
czapla rafowa
Portuguese:
Garça-dos-recifes
Portuguese (Brazil):
Garça-negra
Russian:
Цапля рифовая
Slovak:
volavka pobrežná
Swedish:
Kusthäger
Chinese:
黄喉岩鹭


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Dimorphic or Western Reef-Egret ( Egretta [gularis or dimorpha])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Reef Egret ( Egretta [gularis or dimorpha])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Reef Egret ( Egretta [gularis or dimorpha])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Reef Egret ( Egretta [gularis or dimorpha])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Reef Egret ( Egretta [gularis or dimorpha])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Reef Egret ( Egretta [gularis or dimorpha])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Dimorphic or Western Reef-Egret ( Egretta [gularis or dimorpha])
Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
Western Reef-egret ( Egretta gularis) [version 2]
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
Western Reef-egret ( Egretta gularis) [version 2]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
Western Reef-egret ( Egretta gularis) [version 2]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
Western Reef-egret ( Egretta gularis) [version 2]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
Western Reef-egret ( Egretta gularis) [version 2]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
Western Reef-egret ( Egretta gularis) [version 2]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
Western Reef-egret ( Egretta gularis) [version 2]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
Western Reef-egret ( Egretta gularis) [version 2]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
Western Reef-egret ( Egretta gularis) [version 2]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
Western Reef-egret ( Egretta gularis) [version 2]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: species (alt)

This taxon is a subspecies of Egretta [garzetta, gularis or dimorpha]

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Other synonyms


Afrikaans: Westelike Kusreier
Arabic: الغرنوق الأسود
Bulgarian: Рифова чапла
Catalan: Martinet dels esculls
Catalan (Balears): Agró d'escull
Czech: volavka belolící
Danish: Revhejre
German: Küstenreiher
Maldivian: Bodu Raabondhi
Greek: Μαυροτσικνιάς
English: Dimorphic or Western Reef-Egret, Reef Egret, Reef Heron, Western Reef Heron, Western Reef-egret
Spanish: Garceta Dimorfa
Estonian: rand-siidhaigur
Basque: Martinet dels esculls
Finnish: riuttahaikara
French: Aigrette à gorge blanche, Aigrette à gorge blanche ou A. dimorphe
Galician: Garzota dos arrecifes
Hebrew: לבנית ים-סוף
Hungarian: Zátonykócsag
Icelandic: Kóralhegri
Italian: Airone schistaceo
Japanese: afurikakurosagi
Japanese: アフリカクロサギ
Scientific: Ardea gularis, Egretta [gularis or dimorpha], Egretta gularis, Egretta gularis gularis
Lithuanian: Krantinis garnys
Malayalam: തിരമുണ്ടി 
Dutch: Westelijke Rifreiger
Norwegian: Strandhegre
Polish: czapla rafowa
Portuguese: Garça-dos-recifes
Portuguese (Brazil): Garça-negra
Russian: Цапля рифовая
Slovak: volavka pobrežná
Slovenian: obalna čaplja
Serbian: afrička crna čaplja
Swedish: Kusthäger
Turkish: kıyı balıkçılı
Chinese: 黄喉岩鹭
Chinese (Traditional): 黃喉岩鷺

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