Thursday, 14 March 2019

Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia)

OTHER NAMES: Median Egret, Smaller Egret, Yellow-billed Egret
Latin Etymology: Ardea ("Heron") intermedia ("intermediate")
Adult Intermediate Egret (subspecies A. i. intermedia) at Sungei Boloh, Singapore - February 2019

Local Name (Khmer): ? 
Featured Subspecies: Ardea intermedia intermedia
Weight: 400g
Length: 56-72cm
Wingspan: 105-115cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

If ever there was a name that did what it said on the tin, it would perhaps be the intermediate egret, a species that is indeed intermediate in size and characteristics between great and little egrets.  Unlike either of these species however, it is more of a species of the tropics, although it does extend as far North as temperate Japan. In Sungei Buloh in Singapore and Prek Toal in Cambodia they were fairly common, but not never the most common heron species present.

Related Species: 
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ardea
SUBSPECIES: A. i. brachyrhyncha, A. i. intermedia, A. i. plumifera

 - Sighting Locations -
CAMBODIA - A locally common resident.
 - CAMBODIA/SINGAPORE 2019 TRIP: Common at Prek Toal
SINGAPORE - An uncommon resident.
 - CAMBODIA/SINGAPORE 2019 TRIP: Fairly common at Sungei Buloh

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

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