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Birds

Great
Egret

Least Concern

Unknown

Great Egret

Ardea alba

The Great Egret is a large bird with all white plumage that can reach 101 cm in height and weigh up to 950 g. It is only slightly smaller than the Great Blue or Grey Herons. Apart from size, the Great Egret can be distinguished from other white egrets by its yellow bill and black legs and feet. It also has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks.

Common Egret, Great White Egret, Great White Heron

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    বৰ বগ
  • French:
    Grande Aigrette
  • Gujarati:
    મોટો સફેદ બગલો, મોટો ધોળો બગલો
  • Hindi:
    बगुला
  • Kannada:
    ದೊಡ್ಡ ಬೆಳ್ಳಕ್ಕಿ
  • Malayalam:
    പെരുമുണ്ടി
  • Marathi:
    बगळा
  • Nepali:
    ठूलो सेतोबकुल्ला
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Taxanomy

PELECANIFORMES
ARDEIDAE
Ardea alba

Great Egret

Range Map

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