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A kind of Egret?

Observed: 2nd February 2013 By: michaelbluemichaelblue’s reputation in Birds
No idea, some kind of Egret?
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iIMGP6656-Recovereds
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Ray Turner's picture

Dark legs

Black legs rule out WRH as does the relatively slender bill.

Ray

Ray

ophrys's picture

gularis

I don't have first-hand knowledge of these, but the race gularis of Western Reef Heron apparently has black legs and bill in breeding plumage. Might be worth checking?

The avibase checklist for Mozambique does not have dimorpha...

http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/checklist.jsp?region=mz&list=clements

How reliable that is, I don't know.

Ian
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Ray Turner's picture

And Yet ...

http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?lang=EN&avibaseid=7C15B36BB2B59CF... clearly has E. dimorpha present in Mozambique.

I am also looking very much at the bill Ian. E. g. schistacea has a notably heavy bill whereas this bird has a relatively dainty one also “..never black.”; Zimmerman, Turner, Pearson Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania.

Ray

Ray

ophrys's picture

Egret

Useful that Avibase contradicts itself!

You'll know the species better than I do, Ray, so I was only adding to the debate, not suggesting gularis was right. I found a reference that said ssp. gularis, from Africa, had a black bill in the summer...can't remember which book it was, though, now! If you reckon the bill is too thin, then it is looking like dimorpha.

I need to get a guide to herons and egrets...a gap in my library!

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michaelblue's picture

I had another look with a

I had another look with a bird watching friend and she agrees with the Dimorphic Egret identification.

Thanks all for your input!

Mike