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About Great Egret

This long-legged, S-necked white bird is found throughout the Americas and around much of the world. It is typically the largest white egret occurring anywhere in its range (only the white-coloured form of the great blue heron is larger).

Great egrets are found near water, salt or fresh, and feed in wetlands, streams, ponds, tidal flats, and other areas. They snare prey by walking slowly or standing still for long periods, waiting for an animal to come within range of their long necks and blade-like bills. The deathblow is delivered with a quick thrust of the sharp bill, and the prey is swallowed whole. Fish are a dietary staple, but great egrets use similar techniques to eat amphibians, reptiles, mice, and other small animals.

Fast Facts 

Type: Bird

Diet: Carnivore

Average life span in the wild: 15 years

Size: Body, 37 to 41 in (94 to 104 cm); Wingspan, 4.3 to 4.8 ft (1.3 to 1.5 m)

Weight: 2.2 lbs (1 kg)

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