Great Egret Ardea alba

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Adult

Long-legged wading bird with a long, S-curved neck and a daggerlike bill.

Breeding adult

During the breeding season, long feathery plumes grow from its back, called aigrettes which they hold up during courtship displays.

Adult

Flies with its long neck tucked in and its long legs trailing behind.

Adult

Wades through water slowly stalking fish, amphibians, and other aquatic invertebrates.

Adult with Snowy Egret

Larger than a Snowy Egret with a yellow bill and entirely black legs and feet.

Habitat

Found in both freshwater and saltwater wetlands.

Recommended Citation

Great Egret (Ardea alba), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/greegr