Great Egret

A white bird with a long orange beak and long legs flies over the water.

NPS Photo/Nigella Hillgarth

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Length: 37-41" Wingspan: 52-57"

Description: Tall and long-legged all-white wading birds with long, s-curved necks. Bill is orange in color, long and spear-like. Legs and feet are black.

Great Egrets emit an assortment of harsh sounds such as dry croaks and nasal squeals. They are particularly vocal during breeding season.


Last updated: August 24, 2021

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