Eastern Great Egret (species: Ardea (Casmerodius) modesta) in Birds of Argentina (Gaia Guide)
Ardea (Casmerodius) modesta
Eastern Great Egret

©Leo: South East NSW, Australia

©Jenny Donald: Eastern Great Egret (Ardea (Casmerodius) modesta)

©Susan: Eastern Great Egret (Ardea (Casmerodius) modesta)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Ciconiiformes
Family Ardeidae
Genus Ardea
Species Ardea (Casmerodius) modesta



Distinguishing features

It can be distinguished from other white egrets and herons in Asia and Australia by its very long neck, one and a half times as long as its own body and having a kink about two-thirds of the way up. It also has a dark line extending from the base of the bill to behind the eye. (Wikipedia)


  • From 83 cm to 103 cm (Length)


  • From 165 cm to 215 cm


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution


The diet includes vertebrates such as fish, frogs, small reptiles, small birds and rodents, and invertebrates such as insects, crustaceans, and molluscs. It hunts by wading or standing still in shallow water and "spearing" prey with its bill. (Wikipedia)

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