Great Egret

Ardea alba

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Physical: Great Egrets grow up to 104 cm in length.  Their wingspan can be up to 119 cm.  They are entirely white with yellow bills and black legs.

Habitat: C. alba prefers fresh and salt marshes, marshy ponds, and tidal flats.  In the winter, they migrate to Oregon, and south through Texas and the Gulf States to Mexico.

Feeding: Great Egrets eat fish, frogs, snakes, and crayfish.  They are excellent fishers, and stand motionless in the water until they spot their prey.

Breeding: C. alba lay 3 to 5 pale blue-green eggs.  Nests are of reeds and sticks, and are elevated.  Males and females have black plumes during the breeding season.  They breed from Mexico north to southern New England.

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