Herons are not the only wading birds, as their cousins, the egrets, are white counterparts to our heroes. Less related are ibis, with decurved bills, which may be white, brown or very dark. Closer to the coast are pink birds, the spoonbills along the Upper Gulf Coast and flamingoes in the tropics. And distantly related are the true cranes, which prefer fields and pastures over aquatic denizens. Familiar to all is the mighty great blue heron, well marked though not colorful.