Tuesday, July 31, 2012

San Francisco Bay Area Seabirds, Great Egret

San Francisco Bay Area Bird Watching
SeaBirds of Marin, SF Bay and Gulf of the Farallones

Great Egret

Great Egret Scientific classification
  • Great Egret Kingdom: Animalia
  • Great Egret Phylum: Chordata
  • Great Egret Class: Aves
  • Great Egret Order: Ciconiiformes
  • Great Egret Family: Ardeidae
  • Great Egret Genus: Ardea
  • Great Egret Species:A. alba
Great Egret Binomial name
  • Ardea alba
The Great Egret is a large bird with all white plumage that can reach 101 cm in height and weigh up to 950 g. It is only slightly smaller than the Great Blue or Grey Herons. Apart from size, the Great Egret can be distinguished from other white egrets by its yellow bill and black legs and feet. It also has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks.
Other Information:
The way to distinguish the Great Egret and the Snowy White Egret is the long curved neck and the black legs. Snowy white egrets have bright yellow feet and are generally smaller. I often see Great Egrets on the highway fence near the Sausalito helicopter pad, or even in the highway median, which seems very bold. Cohabitation.

Great Egret, Crissy Field

North Bay.

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