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  • Eastern Great Egret

  • Ardea modesta
  • The Great Egret is a large white bird, and, for most of the year, when not breeding, the bill and facial skin are yellow. The feet are dark olive-grey or sooty black, as are the legs. When breeding, the bill turns mostly black and the facial skin becomes green. Also at this time, long hair-like feathers (nuptial plumes) hang across the lower back, and the legs become pinkish-yellow at the top. Young Great Egrets are similar to the adults, but have a blackish tip to the bill.

  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=130
  • Song link
  • « Back to Catalog
  • Eastern Great Egret

  • The Great Egret is a large white bird, and, for most of the year, when not breeding, the bill and facial skin are yellow. The feet are dark olive-grey or sooty black, as are the legs. When breeding, the bill turns mostly black and the facial skin becomes green. Also at this time, long hair-like feathers (nuptial plumes) hang across the lower back, and the legs become pinkish-yellow at the top. Young Great Egrets are similar to the adults, but have a blackish tip to the bill.

  • Formerly or also known as
  • Great Egret
  • Scientific name
  • Ardea modesta
  • Ardea alba
  • Former scientific name
    RAOU number
  • 187
  • Size
  • 83-103cm
  • Period in district
  • Song group
  • Song link
  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=130
  • Description link
  • http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/eastern-great-egret