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Featured Article: Great Egret
Photo by GeneIllinois, April 2004
Photo by Gene
Illinois, April 2004
Ardea alba

Height 101cm
Weight 950g

  • Large white bird
  • Slightly smaller and with a much slimmer build than Great Blue Heron or Grey Heron
  • black legs/feet in American populations, but yellow in European birds of subspecies alba and greyish in non-breeding east Asian birds of subspecies modesta.
  • bill yellow in most stages
  • In short "high breeding" period bill becomes black (at least in Europe)
  • lores yellow in most birds, but America birds show green lores in high breeding
  • In breeding plumage shows ornamental plumes

Most of the year, distinguished from other egrets by combination of leg/foot and bill color.

A very widespread bird occurring in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia.

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