Ardea alba

ARDEIDAE

Great White Egret

Description

The Great Egret is the tallest egret and a large white water bird with yellow bill.  Approx. 80 cm tall, the neck is about one and a half times as long as the body. It has dark grey or black legs. The bill becomes very dark almost black in the breeding season, and the skin on face becomes greenish. It also grows long plumes cascading over its back during the breeding season. Immatures are similar to adults with darker tip to the bill.

Feeding

Feeds in shallow water by stabbing at prey with its long beak. It eats molluscs, crustaceans, frogs, insects

Breeding
The nest is a large platform of sticks built in a tree overhanging the water. Lays 2-6 blue green eggs.

Call

A dry, nasaly, rattlling croak

Click here to hear the Great  White Egret calling

Resources

http://www.ozanimals.com/Bird/Great-Egret/Ardea/alba.html

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Egret/sounds

A Field Guide to the Birds of Australia by Graham Pizzey

More information can be found on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Egret

photo stuart collins
 


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