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Great Egret

Ardea alba

Great Egrets are birds with worldwide distribution. Depending on where encountered, they are known as the Great White Egret, Common Egret, White Heron, or in past times, the Great White Heron, however now this last example is used to describe the white morph of the Great Blue Heron.

Great Egrets are winter birds on the coastal regions within about 100 miles of the Pacific from Washington south through the Mexican border, and year-round residents at coastal wetlands and river valleys. Year-round these birds live in the lower Mississippi Valley and Southeast USA. Summers will find a few birds migrating inland as far as the upper Mississippi Valley and parts of the Great Basin.

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