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Cattle Egret (Palau)
Cattle Egret (Palau): Small, short-necked and stocky egret with white body and pale orange-brown patches on head, neck and back. Sexes are similar. Breeding plumes are slightly shorter on the female. Breeding birds' legs are yellow-green and irises are dark yellow. During peak breeding season, bill, legs and irises turn a bright red. Winter adult and juvenile are white and with dull yellow-orange eyes and bill, legs are green-black. Races separated by the amount and intensity of the orange-brown patches.
Gray Heron
Gray Heron: Large wading bird, upperparts are pale gray to blue-gray, underparts are white. Large flight feathers are dark gray-blue. Head is white with a large blue-black eyebrow and long black crest. White neck and breast have black mottling along sides. Yellow legs and bill turn reddish during the breeding season.
Intermediate Egret
Intermediate Egret: Medium to large white heron with rounded head, orange-brown eyes, gray-green lores, and an orange-red bill. Long wings. Medium length bill, tail short with a square tip. Long, red and black legs, black feet. Sexes similar. Juvenile and non-breeding birds have orange-yellow bill, yellow lores, and no red on legs.
Yellow Bittern
Yellow Bittern: Small heron with red-brown upperparts, black-gray crown, yellow-brown on sides of neck and shoulder of wing, and white underparts with yellow-brown streaks on throat. Fairly long, brown-yellow bill, black-gray on culmen. Long, broad wings with black flight feathers. Female and juvenile have streaked crown, neck, throat, and wings.
Rufous Night-Heron
Rufous Night-Heron: Medium, stocky heron with black cap. Nape, back, wings, and tail are red-brown, paler red-brown on sides of neck and breast. Throat, flanks, belly, and vent are brown-gray. Medium-length, sharp, black bill with olive-gray base. Sexes similar. Juvenile gray-brown with white streaks, some spots on wings, more yellow on bill.
Chinese Pond-Heron
Chinese Pond-Heron: Small, stocky white heron with red-brown head and neck, chestnut breast, slate-gray back, yellow-white around eye, and white chin and line down front of neck. Short, rounded tail. Non-breeding adults have more black on bill, no red-brown or chestnut in plumage, brown-gray back, and brown-gray streaks on crown, face, and breast.
Pacific Reef-Heron
Pacific Reef-Heron: Medium-sized heron with two color morphs; one all white, the other black-gray with white on the throat. Straight, pointed, gray-pink and yellow bill. Legs gray-green and green-yellow. Sexes similar, juvenile dark morph has black-brown blotches, no white on throat. Juvenile white morph has some gray in plumage.
Striated Heron
Striated Heron: Small, stocky, gray heron, black cap, short black line below eye. Gray-black streaks on back. White throat, white and orange-brown streaks on breast. Medium, straight black bill. Medium, yellow legs and feet. Sexes similar. Juvenile black-brown with white and buff streaks on breast and crown, and buff edging to feathers in wings.
Von Schrenck's Bittern
Von Schrenck's Bittern: Small heron, chestnut-brown above with black-chestnut on crown, and cream-buff on underparts and shoulder of wing. Medium, sharp black bill with yellow base on mandible. Fairly long, broad wings have black flight feathers. Female and juvenile have white marks on back and wings, chestnut and black streaks below.
White-faced Heron
White-faced Heron: Medium-sized, slate-gray heron with white front, face, throat, and wing linings. White-gray belly and vent. Gray-brown plumes on lower part of breast. Medium to long, straight black bill with black-gray base. Long, green-yellow legs and feet. Sexes similar. Juvenile lacks white on face and has brown highlights in plumage.
Purple Heron
Purple Heron: Large wading bird. Slender neck is tawny brown and white with a few blue-gray stripes. Black crown with long black plume, black line across face under eye. Back, wings, and tail blue-grey with gray-brown and russet on flanks and underparts. Bill, legs, and feet yellow with gray-black striping.
Japanese Night-Heron
Japanese Night-Heron: Small, stocky heron with red-brown head and neck, yellow-olive around eye, brown back and wings, white throat, gray underparts, thick brown streaks on throat and underparts. Short dark bill with yellow-olive base. Broad wings with thick black stripe. Sexes similar. Juvenile is similar to adult with more brown on head and neck..
Little Egret (Palau)
Little Egret (Palau): Medium-sized, all white egret with plumes on head, breast, and back, black legs with yellow feet, black bill, and yellow lores. Sexes are similar. Nonbreeding adult lacks head and back plumes, has gray lores, and shows yellow on lower legs. Juvenile resembles nonbreeding adult but lacks breast plumes and has mostly black legs. Difficult to distinguish from Snowy Egret.
Malayan Night-Heron
Malayan Night-Heron: Small, stocky heron with elongated black crest, red-brown head and neck, brown back and wings. White to gray-white throat, gray underparts, and thick brown streaks on throat. Short black bill with blue-gray base. Broad wings with thick black stripe. Sexes similar. Juvenile has yellow on bill and black and white spotting on head, neck, and back.
Chinese Egret
Chinese Egret: Population is seriously declining due to competition for living space with humans and other egrets. White overall with shaggy crest, blue-green lores, orange-yellow bill, and black legs with yellow feet. Has been seen feeding on mudflats and tidal flats with other egrets and herons.
American Bittern
American Bittern: Medium, secretive, heron-like wading bird with stout body and neck, and relatively short legs. Upperparts are streaked brown and buff and underparts are white with brown streaks. Throat is white with black slashes on sides of neck. Strong direct flight with deep rapid wing beats.
Least Bittern
Least Bittern: Very small, secretive heron with black cap and back, and white throat and belly. Wings have conspicuous pale brown patches visible in flight. The bill, legs and feet are yellow. Feeds on fish, insects, small amphibians, crustaceans and invertebrates.
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret: Small, stocky egret with a white body and pale orange-brown patches on the head, neck and back. The eyes, bill and legs are orange. This is the only white egret with both a yellow bill and yellow legs. It feeds primarily on insects. It has a direct flight on quick steady wing beats. The sexes are similar.
Green Heron
Green Heron: This small heron has gray-green upperparts, chestnut brown head, neck, and upper breast, and a paler brown belly. It has a green-black cap with a small crest and a white throat. The neck has a white central stripe. The bill is two-toned with a dark upper mandible and yellow lower. During the breeding season bill is black. It is an opportunistic feeder with fish as the primary food source. Direct flight. Sexes are similar.
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron: This is a medium-sized, stocky heron with short neck and legs, black upperparts, gray wings and white to pale gray underparts. It has a stout black bill, red eyes and yellow legs. It feeds on small invertebrates, crustaceans, vertebrates, mammals, the eggs and the young of other birds and, plants. It has a direct flight with slow steady wing beats. The sexes are similar.
Great Egret
Great Egret: This large white heron has yellow eyes and a bill that is also yellow but appears orange when breeding, black legs and feet, and long feather plumes that extend from the back to beyond the tail during breeding season. Feeds on fish, frogs, insects, snakes and crayfish. It has a buoyant direct flight on steady wing beats. Sexes are similar in appearance, but males are slightly larger.
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron: This large heron has a blue-gray back, black sides and a gray-and-white striped belly. The long neck is gray with a black-bordered white throat stripe. The head has a white face, cap and black crest. The upper mandible is dark and the lower is yellow. It mainly feeds on small fish but will take a variety of foods. It has a direct flight on steady wing beats. Sexes are similar.
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron: Medium-sized, stocky heron with gray body and brown-and-white mottled wings. Face is black and white; crown is pale yellow and sweeps back as a plume. Eyes are large and red. Bill is heavy and black. Legs and feet are yellow. Direct flight with steady, deep wing beats.
Little Egret
Little Egret: Medium-sized, all white egret with plumes on head, breast, and back. Legs are black with yellow feet. Black bill, and yellow lores. Nonbreeding adult lacks head and back plumes, has gray lores, and shows yellow on lower legs. Difficult to distinguish from Snowy Egret. Flight is direct.
Western Reef-Heron
Western Reef-Heron: This Old World species is exclusively coastal. There is a dark (shown here) and light morph. Dark morph is slate gray overall with white chin and throat. Legs are black with yellow feet. The light morph is white overall with two long narrow plumes on the back of the crown.
Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron: Medium heron, blue-gray upperparts, head, neck, wings, paler rump, white stripe on foreneck, white belly. Also has white plumes on back of head and rust-brown plumes on lower neck, back during the breeding season. Bill and legs are olive-brown. Direct flight on steady wing beats.
Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron: This medium-sized, slender heron has a slate-gray body and a purple-blue head and neck. The eyes are yellow and the bill is dark gray with a black tip. The legs and feet are dark. It feeds on small crustaceans, invertebrates and large insects. It has a direct flight with steady quick wing beats. The sexes are similar.
Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret: Medium egret with blue-gray body and shaggy, pale rufous head and neck. Bill is pink with dark tip. Legs are blue-gray. White morph has all-white plumage, black-tipped pink bill, and black legs. Feeds on fish, frogs and crustaceans. Direct flight with buoyant steady wing beats.
Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret: This is a medium-sized, totally white egret with a long slender black bill and yellow lores. The eyes are yellow, the legs are black, and the feet are bright yellow. The head, neck and back have long lacy plumes during breeding season. The diet varies but includes crustaceans, insects and fish. Buoyant flight with steady fast wing beats. The sexes are similar.