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Class Aves
Order Pelecaniformes
Family Ardeidae

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Ardea alba—Great Egret // Ardea herodias—Great Blue Heron // Botaurus lentiginosus—American Bittern // Butorides striata—Striated Heron // Egretta caerulea—Little Blue Heron // Egretta thula—Snowy Egret // Nycticorax nycticorax—Black-crowned Night-heron

Ardea alba Linnaeus 1758—Great EgretDistribution of regional fossil Ardea alba

Sites.

Mid Wisconsin: McKittrick (Jefferson 1991a); Térapa (Steadman and Mead 2010).

Mid/Late Wisconsin: Rancho La Brea (Stock and Harris 1992).

Literature. Jefferson 1991a; Steadman and Mead 2010; Stock and Harris 1992.

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Ardea herodias Linnaeus 1758—Great Blue HeronDistribution of regional fossil Ardea herodias

Great Blue Herons are large wading birds whose primary food consists of small fish, but it also will eat a wide variety of invertebrates and small vertebrates

Sites.

?Late Irvingtonian/Rancholabrean: Emery Borrow Pit (Jefferson 1991a).

Mid Wisconsin: Térapa (Steadman and Mead 2010).

Mid/Late Wisconsin: Rancho La Brea (Stock and Harris 1992); San Miguel Island (Guthrie 1998).

Late Wisconsin/Holocene: Stanton's Cave (Rea and Hargrave 1984).

Literature. Guthrie 1998; Jefferson 1991a; Rea and Hargrave 1984; Steadman and Mead 2010; Stock and Harris 1992.

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Botaurus lentiginosus (Rackett 1813)—American BitternRegional distribution of Pleistocene Botaurus lentiginosus

Sites.

Mid/Late Wisconsin: Rancho La Brea (Stock and Harris 1992).

Literature. Stock and Harris 1992.

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Butorides striata (Rackett 1813)—Striated HeronRegional distribution of Pleistocene Butorides striata

Sites.

Mid Wisconsin: McKittrick (Jefferson 1991a).

Mid/Late Wisconsin: Rancho La Brea (Stock and Harris 1992).

Literature. Jefferson 1991a; Stock and Harris 1992.

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Egretta caerulea (Linnaeus 1758)—Little Blue HeronRegional distribution of Pleistocene Egretta caerulea

Sites.

Mid Wisconsin: McKittrick (Jefferson 1991a).

Mid/Late Wisconsin: Rancho La Brea (Stock and Harris 1992).

Literature. Jefferson 1991a; Stock and Harris 1992.

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Egretta thula (Molina 1782)—Snowy EgretRegional distribution of Pleistocene Egretta thula

Sites.

Mid/Late Wisconsin: Rancho La Brea (Stock and Harris 1992).

Literature. Stock and Harris 1992.

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Nycticorax nycticorax (Linnaeus 1758)—Black-crowned Night-HeronRegional Pleistocene distribution of Nycticorax nycticorax

Sites.

Mid Wisconsin: McKittrick (Jefferson 1991a).

Mid/Late Wisconsin: Rancho La Brea (Stock and Harris 1992).

Late Wisconsin: Maricopa (Jefferson 1991a).

Literature. Jefferson 1991a; Stock and Harris 1992.

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Last Update: 8 Feb 2014