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5

Great [White] Egret

(Ardea alba)
Alternate name(s): "Egret*", "Large Egret", "White Egret", "Eastern Great Egret", "White Crane*"
German name(s): "Silberreiher"

Size: 0.85-1.05 m; wing span 1.45-1.70 m
Weight: 0.7-1.5 kg (1.0 kg average)

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Great Egret at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "alba"

ADULT

NON-BREEDING

Frontal view of a Great [White] Egret in non-breeding plumage; note the yellow bill with grey tip (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Jelonki, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Lateral view of three Great [White] Egrets in non-breeding plumage, although one still has a dark bill (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Jelonki, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Lateral view of a Great [White] Egret in non-breeding plumage in flooded pasture craning its neck in search of prey (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Jelonki, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Great [White] Egret in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Jelonki, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Great [White] Egret in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Jelonki, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Lateral view of a Great [White] Egret in non-breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Lateral view of a Great [White] Egret in non-breeding plumage landing in a wetland (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Race "modesta"

Photos of race "modesta" were obtained in Australia.

Food, Diet

All egrets and herons prey on aquatic creatures in fresh water or estuaries (fish, frogs, snakes or crustaceans). Great [White] Egrets will take any of those.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

We will try to replace this poor recording with a better one as soon as possible.

gregret_20150327.mp3 (N NSW) Warning/departure © MD
gregret_20170626.m4a (NW NSW) ? (arrival) © MD

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