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The yellow-billed egret

8 September 2015

 

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Egretta intermedia occurs from sub-Saharan Africa eastwards through India and south-eastern Asia to Japan and eastern Australia. It is widespread in southern Africa but it is generally absent or sparsely distributed in the drier western parts such as much of Namibia, southern and western Botswana, the Northern Cape province and the central and western Karoo of South Africa. It was first described scientifically as Andea intermedia by Wagler in 1829 based on a specimen from Java. The scientific name intermedia is Latin for intermediate and refers to the size of this bird, being intermediate between that of the greater and little egret... (Become a subscriber for more)


Reference:

Hockey, P A R, W R J Dean & P G Ryan (Eds) 2005. Roberts – birds of southern Africa, seventh edition. Cape Town: The John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, pp 584 - 585.

 

article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

 

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