Pacific Reef Heron

Chamorro – Chuchuko atilong * Carolinian – Ghe’re’scho’l

IDENTIFICATION

Pacific reef herons (Egretta sacra) are large shorebirds with long bills and legs. They have two color phases, white and dark gray, the dark gray being more common. Both phases have long yellowish legs. Their bills are yellow, orange, gray, or black. They have broad wings and their necks are an S-shape when they fly. They can land and take off from the water.
Factoid: Cool Shades
While hunting, reef herons often extend their wings. They do this to provide shade so the water is easier to see through.

QUESTION 1:

Which of the two Pacific reef heron’s color phases is more common?

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