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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Great Egret

The elegant Great Egret is an amazing sight typically found in North American wetlands. Slightly smaller and more graceful than a Great Blue Heron, these are still large birds with impressive wingspans. They hunt in classic heron fashion, standing immobile or wading through wetlands to capture fish with a deadly jab of their yellow bill. All feathers on Great Egrets are white with black legs. Great Egrets live in freshwater, brackish, and marine wetlands. These graceful birds mainly eat small fish, but also eat amphibians, reptiles, birds, small mammals and invertebrates such as crayfish, prawns, shrimp, isopods, dragonflies and damselflies, whirligig beetles, giant water bugs, and grasshoppers. The male builds a nest platform from long sticks and twigs before pairing up with a female, and then both members of the pair may collaborate to complete the nest, though the male sometimes finishes it himself.

Great Egrets were hunted nearly to extinction for their plumes in the late nineteenth century, sparking conservation movements and some of the first laws to protect birds. Major threats to populations of Great Egrets include habitat loss, degradation, and contaminated runoff.