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 154 videos
A bird in a mangrove area Locality Sine Saloum Delta, Fatick Region, Senegal (ssp melanorhynchos)
Juan Sanabria 10 January 2008 4 years ago 8 sec 2
A bird catching a fish with great precision, and swallowing it Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp melanorhyncha)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 6 years ago 40 sec 2
A bird sitting onto a branch surrounded by cormorants and then flying away. Locality Bensheim, Hesse, Germany
Gerhard Schmidt 24 April 2012 1 year ago 3 min 14 sec 1.3
A individual walking in a pool Locality Latour pool, Virton, Luxembourg Province, Belgium (ssp alba)
Christian Dortu 26 April 2006 4 years ago 1 min 29 sec 1
PhotosSee all 247 photos
A close-up of a bird.
Locality Fort De Soto Park, Pinellas County, Florida, USA (United States) (ssp egretta)
killiajk 19 April 2008 4 years ago 3.3
egrat at night
Locality Thol Bird Sanctuary, Mehsana District, Gujarat, India
Jeel Bharat Patel 11 December 2012 6 weeks ago 3.3
A male Egret catches a fish
Locality Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary, Arcata, Humboldt County, California, USA (United States) (ssp egretta)
AndrewSmith 21 May 2011 1 year ago 3.3
Locality Okarito, South Island, New Zealand
Christian Michael Mortensen 4 February 2011 36 weeks ago 3.2
A lone bird floating on the debris in the river bed .
Locality Pune, Pune Division, Maharashtra, India
Jayant Atrey 18 June 2012 48 weeks ago 3.2
individual hunting under a bridge
Locality Carara National Park, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
suong le 3 July 2008 1 year ago 3.2
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 3 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