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Great Egret

Ardea alba egretta


Large white bird with white plumage. Great Egret can reach up to one meter in height and weigh up to almost a kilo (2.1 lb). It has a wing span of 165 to 215 cm (65 to 85 in). It has a yellow bill, and black legs and feet. During flight (which is slow) it retracts its head. It's diet consists of fish, frogs, small mammals, and occasionally small reptiles and insects.


Ardea alba egretta is a sub species of the Great Egret in the Americas. There are more sub species that have their habitat in Europe, Africa, and Asia.


Also known as the 'Great White Egret', 'Common Egret',' White Heron', or 'Great White Heron'. They are close relatives of pelicans and belong in the Pelecaniformes.

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NicoleB 10 years ago
Great Egret
Ardea alba Great Egret

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Atul 10 years ago

it is a great egret Nicole ,spot on

NicoleB 10 years ago

Look a bit higher on the page, there's a field for suggestions.
I've entered the data in there.
I am about 95% sure it's a Great Egret :)

BettinaK 10 years ago

Do you know what they are called?

NicoleB 10 years ago

Nice catch!
I really like these fellows :)

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Orlando, Florida, USA

Spotted on May 6, 2011
Submitted on Aug 4, 2011

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