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Great Egret

Ardea alba egretta


Also referred to as the great white heron, great white egret, common egret, or large egret, because science is apparently ever so confused like that. According to the internet, this one shed its mating plumage, so it's not really ready to mingle these days.


Ardea alba egretta lives alllll across the Americas, and the scientific name varies by continent. It lives near water because of the whole it eats fish thing.


This is not a great egret owned by the Houston Zoo, though I found this specimen with the lions. It's one of the wild birds that enjoy flying into the enclosures and chillin'. Great egrets are native to the Houston area!

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Houston, Texas, USA

Spotted on Nov 24, 2012
Submitted on Nov 24, 2012

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