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herons, egrets, bitterns, and relatives


There are over 60 species of herons around the world. All have long legs and long necks and like to wade in the water. They use their spear-like bills to catch fish. This family includes very large birds like great blue herons, and it also includes medium-sized birds with striking white plumage the egrets .

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