Great White Egret (Egretta alba) - HBW 1, p. 409
French: Grande Aigrette
Spanish: Garceta Grande
Other common names: Great/Large Egret, Great American Egret, Great White Heron(!)
Taxonomy: Ardea alba Linnaeus, 1758, Europe.
Frequently placed in genus Casmerodius, less often in Ardea; work on DNA indicates closer genetic link with Ardea than with Egretta. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- alba (Linnaeus, 1758) - C Europe to C Asia, S to Iran; winters N & C Africa and Persian Gulf to S China and S Korea.
- modesta (J. E. Gray, 1831) - India, SE Asia, Japan and Korea S through Indonesia to Australia and New Zealand.
- melanorhynchos (Wagler, 1827) - Africa S of Sahara, Madagascar.
- egretta (Gmelin, 1789) - N, C & S America, from N USA to C Argentina.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 194 videos
Great White Egret birds foraging and catching a small fish Locality Oasi di Torrile, Torrile, Parma Province, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy (ssp alba)
Pierandrea Brichetti 12 November 2008 50 weeks ago 48 sec 4.8
adult looking for food at a small stream close to the El Cantil Lodge Locality Nuquí, Choco Department, Colombia
Thore Noernberg 19 October 2014 10 weeks ago 27 sec 4.8
An adult in breeding plumage feeding the chicks on the nest. Locality Pine Island, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, USA (United States) (ssp egretta)
Bill Wayman 1 May 2005 5 years ago 32 sec 4.7
A bird displaying its plumes, assisted by a breeze Locality Gatorland, Orlando, Orange County, Florida, USA (United States) (ssp egretta)
Robert Schaefer 6 April 2013 1 year ago 48 sec 4.6
Frosty days for a great white egret. Filmed at -13 degrees. Locality Torfvennteich, Haltern-Lavesum, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Christian Wiesmann 6 February 2012 2 years ago 1 min 22 sec 4.6
An adult in breeding plumage preening. Locality Pine Island, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, USA (United States) (ssp egretta)
Bill Wayman 1 May 2005 5 years ago 1 min 4 sec 4.6
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Although the Grey Heron is stronger than the Great White Egret, the latter has learned that Grey Herons are defenceless when the
Locality Kiskunság National Park, Bács-Kiskun County, Hungary (ssp alba)
Bence Mate 15 January 2014 34 weeks ago 5
A group of Great White Egrets.
Locality Jeziorsko Lake, Poland (ssp alba)
Lukasz Boch 15 September 2013 35 weeks ago 4.6
Great White Egret Swallowing a Large Perch at Heather Farm Pond
Locality Heather Farms, Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County, California, USA (United States)
Ethan Winning 10 October 2013 51 weeks ago 4.5
Landing in the river with early morning sunshine striking it
Locality Nam Sang Wai, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Bob Thompson 6 November 2009 4 years ago 4.4
Great White Egret attempting to straighten its feathers in some strong wind.
Locality Herdsman Lake, Perth, Western Australia, Australia (ssp modesta)
Jason Eagle 15 March 2014 27 weeks ago 4.4
bird feeding in tidal pools
Locality Bribie Island, Queensland, Australia
David Taylor 1 July 2013 46 weeks ago 4.4
Calls of a group fishing and chasing each other. Locality Pantanos del Usumacincta, Tabasco State, Mexico (Southern)
Josep del Hoyo 14 April 2009 5 years ago 4.5
Adult in flight Locality Estancia El Bagual, Formosa Province, Argentina
Nacho Areta 1 December 2006 5 years ago 4.5
Calls by one bird. Locality Chambal Safari Boating Platform, Chambal River, Rajasthan, India
Josep del Hoyo 27 February 2011 2 years ago 4
A bird callin during breeding period Locality Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 August 2003 5 years ago 4
A bird calling in flight. Locality Western Treatment Plant, Werribee, Victoria, Australia
Nick Talbot 26 March 2012 2 years ago 3
A bird calling. Locality Pantanos del Usumacincta, Chiapas State, Mexico (Southern)
Josep del Hoyo 13 April 2009 5 years ago 3