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 174 videos
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 4 years ago 32 sec 4.6
A bird settling on eggs, and becoming drowsy Locality Orlando, Orange County, Florida, USA (United States) (ssp egretta)
Robert Schaefer 6 April 2013 16 weeks ago 33 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 16 weeks 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 1 year ago 1 min 22 sec 4.6
The Egret riding on an American Alligator Locality Orlando, Orange County, Florida, USA (United States) (ssp egretta)
Robert Schaefer 6 April 2013 16 weeks ago 35 sec 4.5
An adult in breeding plumage preening. Locality Pine Island, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, USA (United States) (ssp egretta)
Bill Wayman 1 May 2005 4 years ago 1 min 4 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 302 photos
Flying over the largest pond
Locality Vasche di Maccarese, Litorale Romano Nature Reserve, Lazio Region, Italy (ssp alba)
Marco Valentini 16 October 2011 2 years ago 4.5
Flpping his wings in the early morning sun.
Locality Lednice, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic (ssp alba)
John A Thompson 19 August 2011 2 years ago 4.4
Bird landing in river, displaying its "angelic" wings
Locality Nam Sang Wai, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Bob Thompson 6 November 2009 3 years ago 4.4
Locality Everglades National Park, Florida, USA (United States)
Paul Cools 1 year ago 4.3
on left. Intermediate egret on right.
Locality Northern Territory, Australia
Steve_Murphy 4 June 2010 5 weeks ago 4.3
kun chin chung 37 weeks ago 4.3
Calls of a group fishing and chasing each other. Locality Pantanos del Usumacincta, Tabasco State, Mexico (Southern)
Josep del Hoyo 14 April 2009 3 years ago 4.5
Adult in flight Locality Estancia El Bagual, Formosa Province, Argentina
Nacho Areta 1 December 2006 4 years ago 4.5
Calls by one bird. Locality Chambal Safari Boating Platform, Chambal River, Rajasthan, India
Josep del Hoyo 27 February 2011 1 year ago 4
A bird callin during breeding period Locality Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 August 2003 3 years ago 4
A bird calling in flight. Locality Western Treatment Plant, Werribee, Victoria, Australia
Nick Talbot 26 March 2012 1 year ago 3
A bird calling. Locality Pantanos del Usumacincta, Chiapas State, Mexico (Southern)
Josep del Hoyo 13 April 2009 3 years ago 2.5