Great Egret (species: Ardea (Ardea) alba) in Birds of Argentina (Gaia Guide)
Ardea (Ardea) alba
Great Egret

©Tony Dudley: Great Egret (Ardea (Ardea) alba)

©Tony Dudley: Great Egret (Ardea (Ardea) alba)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Ciconiiformes
Family Ardeidae
Genus Ardea
Species Ardea (Ardea) alba
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is a large heron with all-white plumage. Apart from size, it can be distinguished from other white egrets by its yellow bill and black legs and feet, though the bill may become darker and the lower legs lighter in the breeding season.

In breeding plumage, delicate ornamental feathers are borne on the back.

Males and females are identical in appearance; juveniles look like non-breeding adults. (Wikipedia)


  • From 51 cm to 58 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 79 cm to 97 cm


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Great Egret (Ardea (Ardea) alba)

Distribution and habitat preferences

Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world, in southern Europe it is rather localized. In North America it is more widely distributed, and it is ubiquitous across the Sun Belt of the United States and in the rainforests of South America. (Wikipedia)


It feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, feeding mainly on fish, frogs, small mammals, and occasionally small reptiles and insects, spearing them with its long, sharp bill most of the time by standing still and allowing the prey to come within its striking distance of its bill which it uses as a spear. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim. (Wikipedia)

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