Western Reef-egret Egretta gularis
(aka Western Reef Heron)
Western Reef Egret, Le Meridien Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE, December 2010 - click for larger image

March 2010

The Western Reef-egret is distributed in tropical west Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and east to India where it is found on or near the coast.

Western Reef Egret, Zhaker Pools, Al Ain, UAE, March 2010 - click for larger image

There are white and dark morphs with some intermediate colours.

The taxonomy of the species is not entirely clear. HBW classify it as a sub-species of Little Egret E. garzetta and, indeed, the white morph looks very similar.

Western Reef Egret, Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 2010 - click for larger image
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