Ardea alba


Common Names: Great egret, common egret, large egret, great white heron, great white egret
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Bitterns, Herons, & Egrets


The most common egret in Connecticut, it is easy to spot with it's bright white plumage. Apart from size, the great egret can be distinguished from other white egrets by its yellow bill and black legs and feet, though the bill may become darker and the lower legs lighter in the breeding season. In breeding plumage, delicate ornamental feathers are borne on the back. Males and females are identical in appearance; juveniles look like non-breeding adults.

Typically found feeding in shallow waters along the shore line or near ponds.

In Connecticut the great egret is listed as a Threatened Species and is protected under the Connecticut Endangered Species Act (1989).

Edible Notes: As a protected species, a great egret should never be taken for food. Otherwise, no available information on edibility however likely edible.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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