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Great Egret

Ardea alba

Description:

Wading bird, sort of like a heron. I couldn't get any closer.

1 Species ID Suggestions

NicoleB
NicoleB 9 years ago
Great Egret
Ardea alba Great Egret


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3 Comments

Dangermouse
Dangermouse 9 years ago

That's what I thought, it's the only bird of its size that's complete white with a black beak.

Okay, my Collins bird guide says the Great Egret is 'Egretta alba', and in my wildlife guide too..... Strange!

So, we're going with Great Egret, but scientific name is still under debate!

NicoleB
NicoleB 9 years ago

Great Egret would be my guess. The bill turns almost black in breeding season.

What confuses me right now is the Latin name.
In my Collins bird guide it's 'Casmerodius albus' and on wiki and birdforum (http://www.birdforum.net/opus/Great_Egre...) it's 'Ardea alba'.

Maybe it got changed in the last year. Weird... :)

Dangermouse
Dangermouse 9 years ago

Possibly an egret?

MatthewFuller
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MatthewFuller

Parish of Saint Helier, Jersey

Spotted on Aug 9, 2011
Submitted on Aug 13, 2011

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