Great Egret

Great Egret photo © Michael Plagens

Large white heron with long neck and yellow-orange bill. Gape line from bill extends to behind eye. Also called Common Egret.

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Yellow-billed Egret

Intermidate or Yellow-billed Egret © Michael Plagens

All white except for bill. Legs and feet black. Catches fish, amphibians and large insects in shallow water. Smaller and with shorter neck than Great Egret.

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Little Egret

Little Egret photo © Michael Plagens

Snow-white plumage contrasts with black legs and dark bill to make this an elegant wading bird.

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Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret in Kenya, © Michael Plagens

Mostly white, long legged water bird with orange beak and rather stocky build. Often in fields w/o water. More reddish feathers during breeding.

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Striated Heron

Striated Heron in Kenya, © Michael Plagens

A small heron with blue-gray back, some greenish plumage and pale belly. Sits partly hidden at water's edge.

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Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron in Kenya, © Michael Plagens

Short-necked heron with brownish back and short, thick bill. Winter migrant from northern lattitudes where breeding occurs.

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Black-headed Heron

Black-headed Heron, photo © Michael Plagens

Large with dark crown. long neck and grayish bill. Legs and feet dark.

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Gray Heron

Gray Heron in Kenya, © Michael Plagens

Tall heron with a sturdy, pinkish bill and long neck. Pattern in bluish grey and white.

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Goliath Heron

Goliath Heron in Kenya, © Michael Plagens

The largest heron in the world. Reddish-brown and gray plumage with paler neck/chest.

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Purple Heron

Purple Heron in Kenya, © Michael Plagens

Large gray-purple heron with long neck and contrasting facial pattern.

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Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron in Kenya, © Michael Plagens

During the day this heron rests within dense tangles near water. World-wide distribution. Short neck.

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Page created 26 February 2014,
updated 11 Jan. 2017.

By no means am I an expert on the Natural History of Kenya. I am new to exploring this part of the World. By creating a page for the species as I learn about them I am teaching myself. If I make errors I expect that a kind person will let me know so that I can make corrections.