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Pacific Reef Heron
Alternative name: Pacific Reef Egret, Eastern Reef Egret
58â€“66 cm (22Â¾-26 in)
Southern Korea and southern Japan south to Thailand, Burma, Malaysia and Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand. Also breeds on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean and the Marquesas and Tuamotus in the Pacific.
The Pacific Reef Egret is sometimes considered a subspecies of the Little Egret.
There are 2 subspecies:
Mostly coastal; rocky shores, coral reefs and off-shore islands, less commonly on mudflats and lagoons; sometimes foraging in paddyfields close to the sea.
Their diet mostly consists of small crabs and fish, such as mudskippers. They will occasionally eat molluscs, insects and lizards.
The clutch contains two or three pale greenish-blue eggs. Both adults incubate the eggs for about 28 days and care for them for around 35 days from hatching.
Mainly resident perhaps with limited post-breeding dispersal.
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