Intermediate Egret

Ardea intermedia intermedia

Order

PELECANIFORMES

Family

Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

ARDINT

ITIS

Egg Color:

White-blue



Number of Eggs:

2 - 5



Incubation Days:

25



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

Nest is built in a tree or shrub in a wetland area.



Nest Material:

Sticks and wetland vegetation..



Migration:

Some migrate



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General

Intermediate Egret: Medium to large white heron with rounded head, orange-brown eyes, gray-green lores, and a fairly thick, orange-red bill. Long wings. Medium length bill, tail is short with square tip. Long, red and black legs, black feet. Feeds on fish, frogs, insects, crustaceans, and other small animals. Forages by stalking through marshes, coastal wetlands, and rice fields with neck extended forward. When it spots a prey item, it quickly reaches down to catch it with its bill.

Breeding and Nesting

Intermediate Egret: Two to five white-blue eggs are laid in a large platform nest constructed with sticks and wetland vegetation. The nest is built in a tree or shrub in a wetland area. Incubation is carried out by both sexes for 25 days. The Intermediate Heron nests in colonies, often with other heron species.

Foraging and Feeding

Intermediate Egret: This heron species feeds on fish, frogs, insects, crustaceans, and other small animals. It forages by carefully stalking through marshes, coastal wetlands, and rice fields with its neck extended forward. When it spots a prey item, it quickly thrusts down to catch the food item with its bill.

Vocalization

Intermediate Egret: Fairly silent with quiet vocalizations. Produces soft buzzing and "kraa, kraa" calls.

Similar Species

Little Egret is smaller, and has black legs and yellow feet. Great Egret is much larger. White morph Pacific Reef-heron has yellow legs.

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