Monday, 29 July 2013

Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta)

Latin Etymology: Ardea ("Heron") modesta ("plain or unassuming")
Adult Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta) at Kyoto, Japan - July 2013

Local Name (Japan): Dai-sagi (ダイサギ) -  "Large Heron"
Weight: 700-1200g
Length: 83-100cm
Wingspan: 1.3-1.5m
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Eastern Great Egret is another recent split by some authorities - it is split from the Great White Egret found across most of Eurasia.  The Eastern Great Egret is smaller than the Great White Egret and found across East Asia and Australasia.  I saw this bird a few times in Kyoto, not being aware of the split, and so have ended up with this picture where it was in the background of a shot with 4 heron species.

Related Species:
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ardea
Subspecies: None - monotypic

- Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Locally common resident
 - KYOTO/OSAKA 2013 TRIP: A single bird at Kyoto.

Further Notes: Arkive, BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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