Birds of Morni: Median Egret

Median Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia) is intermediate between the small and the large egret and is about two-feet long with a four feet wing span. The bill is thick and yellowish which may turn black during breeding.Breeding birds also display loose filamentous plumes on their breast and back. The legs are dark. The plumage is white. The neck length is a little less than the body length. The head is slightly domed in appearance. It tends to stalk upright with the neck extended forward. It frequents jheels, swamps and marshes. It eats fish, frogs, crustaceans, grasshoppers, bluebottle flies and other insects. It is difficult to distinguish it from the Great egret.

Median Egret, Bunga reservoir (Courtesy Dr. Vikas Sharma)
Median Egret, Bunga