Family: Ardeidae (herons, egrets and bitterns)

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Species indigenous to southern Africa

Ardea cinerea (Grey heron)

 

Ardea goliath (Goliath heron)

 

Ardea melanocephala (Black-headed heron)

 

Ardea purpurea (Purple heron)

 

Ardeola idae (Malagasy pond-heron, Madagascar squacco heron) 

Ardeola ralloides (Squacco heron, Common squacco heron) 
Ardeola rufiventris (Rufous-bellied heron) 
Botaurus stellaris (Eurasian bittern, Great bittern, Bittern) 
 

Bubulcus ibis (Cattle egret) 

 

Butorides striatus (Green-backed heron, Striated heron) 

Egretta alba (Great egret, Great white egret)

Egretta ardesiaca (Black heron, Black egret)

Egretta caerulea (Little blue heron) 

Egretta garzetta (Little egret) 

Egretta gularis (Western reef heron) 

Egretta intermedia (Yellow-billed egret) 

Egretta thula (Snowy egret)  

Egretta vinaceigula (Slaty egret) 

Gorsachius leuconotus (White-backed night-heron) 

Ixobrychus sturmii (Dwarf bittern)

Ixobrychus minutus (Little bittern) 

Nycticorax nycticorax (Black-crowned night heron) 

 
 

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