WADING BIRDS

Wading birds generally are tall, sleek birds with long beaks which they use to hunt in shallow waters. The herons are an exception but are still generally included as a wading bird.
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Flamingo

The flamingo is a wading bird. There are six species. The American (or greater) flamingo, a typical species, is the only one native to the United States.

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  • Why do flamingos stand on one leg?

    Why do flamingos stand on one leg?

    Flamingos can stand on one spindly leg for hours. But why do they do it? Are they posing as a tree to trick prey, or simply avoiding a bathtub prune-foot? See more »

  • Egret

    Egret

    The egret is a heron that bears long plumes during the mating season. Both males and females bear the plumes, called aigrettes. See more »

  • Flamingo

    Flamingo

    The flamingo is a wading bird. There are six species. The American (or greater) flamingo, a typical species, is the only one native to the United States. See more »

  • Heron

    Heron

    The heron is a wading bird. There are about 60 kinds of herons, including egrets and bitterns. See more »

  • Ibis

    Ibis

    The Ibis is a heronlike wading bird. Ibises inhabit warm regions around the world, some of them visiting colder latitudes in summer. See more »

  • Jabiru

    Jabiru

    The jabiru is a large stork of tropical America. A mature jabiru is nearly five feet (1.5 m) tall and has a wingspread of about seven feet (2 m). See more »

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