GREAT EGRET FACTS
The Great Egret is a large white water bird with yellow bill. The neck is about one and a half times as long as the body. It has dark grey or black legs. The bill becomes very dark almost black in the breeding season, and the skin on face becomes greenish. It also grows long plumes on its back during the breeding season. Immatures are similar to adults with darker tip to the bill.
wetlands with shallow water, wet grasslands
Feeds in shallow water by stabbing at prey with its long beak. It eats molluscs, crustaceans, frogs, insects
The nest is a large platform of sticks built in a tree overhanging the water. Lays 2-6 eggs.
common across Australia except most arid areas
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
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Relatives in same Genus
Cattle Egret (A. ibis)
Intermediate Egret (A. intermedia)
Pacific Heron (A. pacifica)
Pied Heron (A. picata)
Great-billed Heron (A. sumatrana)