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Plumed Grey Heron
Sixtoedgreyheron3
Male
Sixtoedgreyheron4
Female
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Ardeae
Clade: Aequornithes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ardea
Species: A. sexdactyla
Binomial name
Ardea sexdactyla
Travis, Hellstern, 2314
Synonyms

Ardea sexdactylos Travis, 2301 (orth. err.)


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Other names

Was formerly known as the Six-toed Grey Heron; however, this name was not fitting, as many individuals may have four or five toes.

Description

A huge heron with unique toe arrangement, caused by a mutation; however, not all individuals have six toes, they may have four or five.

It is one of the largest species of heron, being about 40 in (102 cm) tall and 50 in (127 cm) long. Its wingspan measures 80 in (203 cm).

Males are grey with an orange belly. Females are similar, but lack the orange belly. Both sexes have many long, black plumes that adorn them during the breeding season; they both have golden wings that are "pencilled" in black. They have a long, black streak on the sides of their faces and black streaks or dots (variable) on their throats and necks. Both sexes have dark blue to pale blue eyes.

Very rarely shows albinism, partial albinism or leucism.

Sometimes hybridises with the great blue heron or grey heron.

Similar species

Unique. Not even the Great Blue Heron nor the Grey Heron have yellow on them.

Its wingspan is comparable to a Magnificent Frigatebird and its length is comparable to a Wandering Albatross. It is almost as tall as a Secretarybird.

Behaviour

Diet

It feeds on fish, amphibians, crayfish, insects, snakes and birds.

Calls

Harsh croaking, not unlike that of the great blue or grey herons.

Reproduction

Performs an extravagant display, fanning out its beautiful plumes. Occasionally, the bill base may turn purplish-blue.

Nest is in some of the tallest trees in swamps or other wet areas.[2] Incubates the eggs for an average of 28 days.[2] The eggs are pale green to pale olive.[2]

Young fledge in about 68 days.

Distribution/habitat

Found in many wet areas, around lakes, wet fields and sometimes away from water.[2]

References

  1. ^ Future IUCN
  2. ^ a b c d Terres, John K. (1980). The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ISBN 0394466519. 

Based on...

It is based on a mix of seven different herons. Though I don't remember all of them, one of them might be the great blue heron, which is where some of the info came from.



Genus Ardea vte
A. herodias Great Blue Heron
A. cinerea Grey Heron
A. cocoi Cocoi Heron
A. pacifica White-necked Heron
A. melanocephala Black-headed Heron
A. humbloti Humblot's Heron
A. insignis White-bellied Heron
A. sumatrana Great-billed Heron
A. goliath Goliath Heron
A. purpurea Purple Heron
A. megacristata Giant-crested Heron[made-up sp.]
A. sexdactyla Plumed Grey Heron[made-up sp.]
A. cyanoptera Blue-crested Heron[made-up sp.]
A. strigops Owl-faced Heron[made-up sp.]
A. aquila Eagle-Heron[made-up sp.]
A. cyana Dark Blue Heron[made-up sp.]

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