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Gould had trouble with this species and assigned the colour variants to different species. He called this specimen, obtained near Port Stephens, the Sombre Egret when in fact it is a darker variant of the Pacific Reef Heron.

The original letterpress description accompanies this lithograph.


Published in The Birds of Australia. 1840-1848.


Author. John Gould.


Artist. John Gould and Henry Richter.


Lithograph. Original hand colour.


Paper size. 545 mm x 365 mm.


Condition. MINT. 


Acquired from the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada.

HERODIAS PANNOSUS : Gould. [Egretta sacra. Pacific Reef Heron or Egret.]

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