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 213 videos
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 1 year ago 48 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 6 years ago 32 sec 4.7
adult looking for food at a small stream close to the El Cantil Lodge Locality Nuquí, Choco Department, Colombia
Thore Noernberg 19 October 2014 41 weeks ago 27 sec 4.6
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 2 years 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 3 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 6 years ago 1 min 4 sec 4.6
PhotosSee all 502 photos
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, Hungary (ssp alba)
Bence Mate 15 January 2014 1 year ago 5
Great White Egret (Nbr.) looking for Kill
Locality Pariej Lake, Kheda District, Gujarat, India
Manish Panchal 16 September 2013 20 weeks ago 4.7
wintering bird standing in the lake
Locality Blato, City of Zagreb, Croatia (ssp alba)
spiljar 17 February 2012 36 weeks ago 4.6
A group of Great White Egrets.
Locality Jeziorsko Lake, Poland (ssp alba)
Lukasz Boch 15 September 2013 1 year ago 4.6
A bird with a frog.
Locality Herdsman Lake, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Nicholas Tomney 12 December 2014 29 weeks ago 4.6
Locality Yellow Water, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia (ssp modesta)
Arthur Grosset 5 October 2013 13 weeks ago 4.5
SoundsSee all 7 recordings
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 4.7
Adult in flight Locality Estancia El Bagual, Formosa Province, Argentina
Nacho Areta 1 December 2006 5 years ago 4.5
Song Locality Apure State, Venezuela
Joe Klaiber 9 weeks ago 4
Calls by one bird. Locality Chambal Safari Boating Platform, Chambal River, Rajasthan, India
Josep del Hoyo 27 February 2011 3 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 3 years ago 3