Great Egret courting a female
Alternate name(s): "Egret*", "Large Egret", "White Egret", "Eastern Great Egret", "White Crane*"
Aboriginal name(s): "moolpa"
Size: 0.85-1.05 m; wing span 1.45-1.65 m
Weight: 0.7-1.5 kg
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The display starts with the male fanning out the aigrettes (breeding plumage) on its back. Then, from a sitting position, it will lower its head as far as possible (first photo).
Great Egret bowing
Then it slowly brings its head back up, at which point the kink in its neck is clearly visible.
Note the turquoise lores and dark bill, which clearly identify this bird as a Great Egret
Finally, the bird goes into full stretch in the other extreme, raising its head as high as it will go.
Male Great Egret with its head raised high
Then it goes back into its usual perching position, until the display starts again. The same procedure will be repeated many times.