Herons (Ardeidae)

Eastern Reef-egret (Egretta sacra) - HBW 1, p. 412

French: Aigrette sacrée German: Riffreiher Spanish: Garceta de Arrecife
Other common names: Pacific Reef-egret/Reef-heron

Taxonomy: Ardea sacra Gmelin, 1789, Tahiti.
Sometimes placed in genus Demigretta. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • sacra (Gmelin, 1789) - coastal SE Asia to Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, SW & S Pacific, Australia, New Zealand.
  • albolineata (G. R. Gray, 1859) - New Caledonia, Loyalty Is.