Dimorphic egret

The dimorphic egret (Egretta dimorpha) is a species of heron in the family Ardeidae. It is found in Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mayotte, Seychelles, and Tanzania.

Dimorphic egret
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White morph on Nosy Ve, Madagascar
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Dark morph at Parc Tsarasaotra, Madagascar
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Egretta
E. dimorpha
Binomial name
Egretta dimorpha
Hartert, 1914
white and black morph together

The dimorphic egret is sometimes considered as a subspecies of the western reef egret (Egretta gularis)[1] or as a subspecies of the little egret (Egretta garzetta).[2][3]

The dimorphic egret can sometimes be found on rooftops, finding insects in the gutters of houses.[4]


  1. ^ del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N.; Kirwan, G.M. (2017). del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). "Western Reef-egret (Egretta gularis)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  2. ^ Clements, J.F.; Schulenberg, T.S.; Iliff, M.J.; Roberson, D.; Fredericks, T.A.; Sullivan, B.L.; Wood, C.L. (2017). "The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  3. ^ Dickinson, E.C.; Remsen, J.V., Jr., eds. (2013). The Howard & Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World, Volume 1: Non-passerines (4th ed.). Eastbourne, UK: Aves Press. ISBN 978-0-9568611-0-8.
  4. ^ Cheryl-Samantha Owen (April 10, 2008). "Slow and steady, like the tortoise and the rail". The Telegraph.

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