Egretta alba   (Linnaeus)  1758 (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: 91-96 cm.

Voice: Usually silent, occasionally utters low kraak.

Habits: Diurnal, unsocial, generally solitary though roots and feeds communally, breeds in mixed heronries of storks, darters and cormorants, etc. Generally breeds from May to November.

Adult: Sexes alike, a snow white bird with yellow beak and black legs. Breeding birds with black beak, edge of gape, naked lores and orbital skin behind eyes bright green, three sets of long, transparent, white plumes growing from scapulars extending beyond tail. Juvenile: Pure white.

Synonym (s)
Casmerodius albus (Linnaeus) 1758

Common Name (s)
• Large Egret (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects.
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• INDIA (Record: 2005)
• SRI LANKA (Record: 2005)
• MALDIVES (Record: 2005)
• Goa, Agarwaddo marshes INDIA (Record: 14/04/1984)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Lainer, H (2004) Birds of Goa : A reference book The Goa Foundation, Goa 244 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Animal Photo Album Available at -
  • Lal Mohan RS (1986) Birds and Bird Catchers Of Ramanathapuram Coast Available at -

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