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
A group of herons at the Kings project. Locality Laem Pak Bia-Pak Thale, Phetchaburi Province, Western Thailand, Thailand (ssp modesta)
Yoel Jimenez 28 April 2008 4 years ago 12 sec 2.8
A bird flying past. Locality Lepelaarsplassen, Almere, Flevoland Province, Netherlands (ssp alba)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 30 June 2005 6 years ago 10 sec 2.7
An individual in non-breeding plumage preening itself Locality Willebroek, Antwerp Province, Belgium (ssp alba)
Leo Janssen 15 March 2000 10 years ago 21 sec 2.7
A bird in the water, with a Little Egret foraging on the background. Locality Sippighat, South Andaman, Andaman Islands, Andaman and Nicobar (ssp modesta)
Josep del Hoyo 14 December 2009 3 years ago 33 sec 2.7
a bird actively foraging by using his wings Locality Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve, Flevoland Province, Netherlands (ssp alba)
Wout van den Brink 7 May 2003 3 years ago 25 sec 2.7
A bird standing near the water. Locality Hitotsuse-gawa, Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan (ssp modesta)
Josep del Hoyo 27 January 2010 3 years ago 22 sec 2.3
PhotosSee all 302 photos
a closeup of adult head
Locality Homebush Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (ssp modesta)
Arnie Hollyman 19 November 2011 1 year ago 3.5
Great Egret at the Sultanpur National Park, Haryana
Locality Sultanpur National Park, Haryana, India
Ramkishore 1 year ago 3.5
Locality Palude di Casalbeltrame Natural Reserve, Piedmont Region, Italy (ssp alba)
Cristiano Crolle 24 September 2011 2 years ago 3.5
Photo shows adults in non-breeding plumage.
Locality North Jakarta, Jakarta, Java (Indonesia) (ssp modesta)
Boas Emmanuel 3 April 2011 2 years ago 3.5
Great white egret feeding on Kelly's swamp.
Locality Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia (ssp modesta)
Margaret Leggoe 11 December 2009 3 years ago 3.5
Adult in flight.
Locality Mana, French Guiana (ssp egretta)
Patrick Ingremeau 6 July 2008 3 years ago 3.5
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