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 181 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 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 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 5 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 28 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 28 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 2 years ago 1 min 22 sec 4.6
Great White adults in "Upright-display" and “Pursuit-flight” Locality Oasi di Torrile, Torrile, Parma Province, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy (ssp alba)
Pierandrea Brichetti 12 November 2008 8 weeks ago 36 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 334 photos
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 4 weeks ago 4.7
Great White Egret on a windy morning in Monterey Bay
Locality Monterey Bay, California, USA (United States)
Ethan Winning 27 December 2013 4 weeks ago 4.5
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
on left. Intermediate egret on right.
Locality Northern Territory, Australia
Steve_Murphy 4 June 2010 17 weeks ago 4.4
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
Caught a perch
Locality Wedeler Marsh-the Carl Zeiss Bird Station, Hamburg, Germany (ssp alba)
Mathieu W 12 September 2013 6 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago 2.5