Great Egret

Ardea alba 

Found along rivers during their migrations
All white with yellow bills and black legs
Egrets hunt by standing still until prey comes close enough to strike

Size & Shape

Great Egrets are tall, long-legged wading birds with long, S-curved necks and long, dagger-like bills. In flight, the long neck is tucked in and the legs extend far beyond the tip of the short tail.

Color Pattern

All feathers on Great Egrets are white. Their bills are yellowish-orange, and the legs black.

Behavior

Great Egrets wade in shallow water (both fresh and salt) to hunt fish, frogs, and other small aquatic animals. They typically stand still and watch for unsuspecting prey to pass by. Then, with startling speed, the egrets strike with a jab of their long neck and bill.

Habitat

You’ll find Great Egrets in both freshwater and saltwater habitats. They are colonial nesters, typically placing stick nests high in trees, often on islands that are isolated from mammalian predators such as raccoons.

Sounds

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