Pelecaniformes and Ciconiiformes

The pelecaniformes order is one of dispute among ornithologists.  It currently holds pelicans, herons, cormorants, and ibises.  Some want to keep the pelicans and move the rest to another order like suliformes.  We will keep all these together for this purpose but if it changes we will make the updates.  We will split the birds up into there respected families.

Herons used to be in Ciconiiformes with the storks.  Our Arkansan stork is the Wood Stork which is uncommon in the breeding season.


  • American White Pelican (Wi/C)-can be seen year round


  • Double-crested Cormorant (Yr/C)
  • Neotropic Cormorant (Br/R)


  • Anhinga (Br/U)

Ardeidae-Herons, Egrets, Bitterns

  • Great Blue Heron (Yr/C)
  • Great Egret (Yr/C)
  • Snowy Egret (Br/C)
  • Cattle Egret (Br/C)
  • Little Blue Heron (Br/C)
  • Green Heron (Br/C)
  • Black-crowned Night Heron (Br/U)
  • Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Br/U)
  • Least Bittern (Br/U)
  • American Bittern (Wi/R)

Threskiornithidae-Ibises and Spoonbills

  • White Ibis (Br/U)
  • Glossy Ibis (Mi/R)
  • White-faced Ibis (Mi/R)
  • Roseate Spoonbill (Mi/R)
Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

by SH

by SH

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

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