Long Legged Waders

Great Egret

Ardea alba
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Length: 39 in. (99 cm )
Large and obvious, the yellow bill and dark legs of this white water bird make identification easy. The Great Egret occurs around the world in marshy areas, irrigation ditches, ponds and in tidal estuaries where it stalks fish, insects, crustaceans, frogs and small birds. It makes a large nest of twigs and branches and usually nests in colonies with other water birds, such as herons, pelicans and cormorants. Following nesting in late summer, many individuals wander far north before returning to winter in coastal and warmer inland aquatic areas.

The four-digit banding code is GREG.

Marsh / swamp


Open water

Riparian / River forest

Urban city
Bird Sound Type: Rattling
Sex of Bird: Male
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Great Egret
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: July 15, 2024
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/great-egret

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Great Egret. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved July 15, 2024 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/great-egret

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

Chicago Manual of Style

Dr. Biology. "Great Egret". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/great-egret

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Dr. Biology. "Great Egret". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 15 Jul 2024. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/great-egret

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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