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  Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia)





Intermediate Egret | Ardea intermedia photo
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia) near Hodal, Faridabad, Haryana, India

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Intermediate Egret | Ardea intermedia photo
Intermediate Egret

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Intermediate Egret | Ardea intermedia photo
Intermediate Egret near Hyderabad

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INTERMEDIATE EGRET FACTS

Description
The Intermediate Egret is intermediate in size between the Little Egret and the Great Egret. It is white with yellow bill and grey legs. In the breeding season the bill turns reddish and it develops plumes on back and chest. Males and females are similar in appearance.

Size
60cm - 70cm

Habitat
wetlands, swamps, flooded grassland

Food
fish, frog, crustaceans, insects

Breeding
nests in colonies in trees in swamps or mangroves. The nest is made of sticks. Lays three or four pale blue oval eggs in a stick nest. Often forms breeding colonies with other species of herons.

Range
Found in eastern and northern parts of Australia, including Victoria and most of New South Wales and Queensland, tropical north of Western Australia and Northern Territory. The Intermediate Egret is also found in Africa, India, south east Asia.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Ardeidae
Genus:Ardea
Species:intermedia
Common Name:Intermediate Egret

Relatives in same Genus
  Great Egret (A. alba)
  Cattle Egret (A. ibis)
  Pacific Heron (A. pacifica)
  Pied Heron (A. picata)
  Great-billed Heron (A. sumatrana)