Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret
Ardea alba


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Ciconiiformes
FAMILY
Ardeidae

Range

From southern Canada southward to Argentina, and in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia


Habitat

Salt and freshwater marshes, marshy ponds and tidal flats.


Diet

Mostly fish but also insects, crustaceans and amphibians

Weight

35 oz.

Height

3 - 3.5 ft.

Wingspan

4 - 4.75 ft.

Incubation

23 - 27 days

Clutch

1–6 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • The great egret is the largest egret in the Old World.
  • The male great egret chooses the nesting site and builds a nest platform of sticks and twigs in a tree or bush before he selects a mate.
  • Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks. The chicks fledge in about six weeks.
  • Aggression among nestlings is common and large chicks frequently kill their smaller siblings.

 

Conservation

Plume hunters in the late 1800s and early 1900s reduced North American populations by more than 95 percent. Their plumes (feathers) which were popular in ladies fashion in the 19th century. The populations recovered after the birds were protected by law.

No population is considered threatened, but the species is vulnerable to the loss of wetlands.

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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