Great Egret

Ardea alba

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  • Great Egret |  Photo: Justine Belson, USFWS
  • Great Egret |  Photo: Justine Belson, USFWS
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Basic Information

Other names

Grey Heron

Order

Pelecaniformes

Family

Ardeidae

Size

Great Egret grow up to 41 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 22.75 years

Weight

Great Egret (Ardea alba) facts, habitat, range, egret pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the waterfowl.

Diet

Great Egrets eat fish, insects, crustaceans, amphibians and reptiles.

Behavior

Stalking

Range

Migratory: Nationwide

Nest Placement

Tree

Number of Offspring

2–5 Eggs

Egg Description

Blue Green

Condition at Hatching

Lanky, white down covered, eyes open

Social Status

Colonies

Wingspan

4.25-4.75 ft

Observation Tips

Take a hike along a trail running through marshlands. The brilliant white Great Egrets are hard to miss.

What does the Great Egret look like?

Great Egrets are large waterfowl. They have extremely lanky black legs, long dagger-like yellow bills and clean white plumage.

Great Egret Habitat

Marshlands

Great Egret Facts

Great Egrets are stunning sites for birders. These large white waterfowl were once hunted to the brink of extinction. Their numbers have since rebounded. When hunting they stand perfectly still, then out of nowhere throw a jab downward and snap up unsuspecting prey.

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