Occurs mainly on the coasts in tropical West Africa, the Red Sea and east to India. Rare sightings on the Atlantic coast of the USA.
Medium-sized heron. Occurs in two plumage color forms (morphs - genetic mutations) - an all-white morph and a dark grey morph. An intermediate morph has also been reported.
White morph: all-white plumage - resembles the Little Egret, except has a thicker bill and duller legs.
Grey morph: Grey plumage.