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Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Egret, Birding Center, Port Aransas, Texas
Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
GREAT EGRET FACTSDescription
The Great Egret is a large white water bird with yellow bill. The neck is about one and a half times as long as the body. It has dark grey or black legs. The bill becomes very dark almost black in the breeding season, and the skin on face becomes greenish. It also grows long plumes on its back during the breeding season. Immatures are similar to adults with darker tip to the bill.
90cm - 100 cm
wetlands with shallow water, wet grasslands
Feeds in shallow water by stabbing at prey with its long beak. It eats molluscs, crustaceans, frogs, insects
The nest is a large platform of sticks built in a tree overhanging the water. Lays 2-6 eggs.
found in south eastern Canada, most of the United States except Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado region. Also found in Mexico and most of South America
Relatives in same Genus
Great Blue Heron (A. herodias)