Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia) - HBW 1, p. 410
French: Aigrette intermédiaire
Spanish: Garceta Intermedia
Other common names: Yellow-billed Egret (brachyrhyncha); Plumed Egret (plumifera); Median/Smaller Egret
Taxonomy: Ardea intermedia Wagler, 1829, Java.
Sometimes placed in monospecific genus Mesophoyx, or alternatively in Casmerodius; work on DNA indicates closer genetic link with Ardea than with Egretta. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- brachyrhyncha (A. E. Brehm, 1854) - Africa S of Sahara.
- intermedia (Wagler, 1829) - SE Asia and W Indonesia N to Japan.
- plumifera (Gould, 1848) - E Indonesia to New Guinea and Australia.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 40 videos
An individual showing its breeding plumes and a close-up of its head, ready to hunt. Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (ssp intermedia)
Josep del Hoyo 28 February 2011 2 years ago 39 sec 4.7
Eating a large lizard (Mainland She-oak Skink) Locality Kooragang Island, New South Wales, Australia
Stephen Wallace 12 January 2012 2 years ago 1 min 5 sec 4.6
Foraging Locality Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Australian Capital Territory, Australia (ssp plumifera)
Stephen Wallace 19 November 2011 3 years ago 1 min 12 sec 4.6
An adult catching and eating a rodent Locality Dayboro, Queensland, Australia (ssp plumifera)
Tom Tarrant 1995 9 years ago 1 min 26 sec 4.5
Birds stalks prey on mudflat Locality Mai Po Marshes Nature Reserve, Hong Kong (ssp intermedia)
Desmond Allen 16 January 2009 31 weeks ago 47 sec 4.4
A bird in non-breeding plumage walking and looking for food. Locality Thrissur Paddy Fields, Thrissur District, Kerala, India (ssp intermedia)
Josep del Hoyo 6 December 2009 4 years ago 44 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 70 photos
A bird landing.
Locality Nam Sang Wai, Yuen Long, Hong Kong (ssp intermedia)
Bob Thompson 14 February 2009 5 years ago 4.5
adult bird on log
Locality Gatton, Queensland, Australia (ssp plumifera)
David Taylor 1 May 2013 1 year ago 4.5
bird landing on water
Locality Manly, Queensland, Australia (ssp plumifera)
David Taylor 1 January 2013 1 year ago 4.5
A bird stalking fish
Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (ssp intermedia)
Eduardo de Juana 28 February 2011 1 year ago 4.4
Walking in winter plumage
Locality Taiwan (ssp monotypic)
maurizioravasini 31 January 2012 7 weeks ago 4.4
on right. Great Egret on left.
Locality Northern Territory, Australia
Steve_Murphy 4 June 2010 1 year ago 4.4
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