|Plumed Grey Heron|
| Ardea sexdactyla|
Travis, Hellstern, 2314
Ardea sexdactylos Travis, 2301 (orth. err.)
Was formerly known as the Six-toed Grey Heron; however, this name was not fitting, as many individuals may have four or five toes.
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.
It feeds on fish, amphibians, crayfish, insects, snakes and birds.
Harsh croaking, not unlike that of the great blue or grey herons.
Performs an extravagant display, fanning out its beautiful plumes. Occasionally, the bill base may turn purplish-blue.
Young fledge in about 68 days.
Found in many wet areas, around lakes, wet fields and sometimes away from water.
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.
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|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||made-up sp.][|
|A. sexdactyla||made-up sp.][|
|A. cyanoptera||made-up sp.][|
|A. strigops||made-up sp.][|
|A. aquila||made-up sp.][|
|A. cyana||made-up sp.][|