Great White Egret
Family:Herons, storks and ibises
80cm to 104cm
131cm to 170cm
700g to 1.5kg
The great white egret is a large white member of the heron family. These birds do look rather similar to little egrets but are considerably larger.
They are white all over with black legs and yellow beaks (in juvenile and non-breeding plumage). They do have a completely different technique when it comes to fishing, compared to the little egret - it's much more like the grey heron. They use their long, sharp beaks to capture their food.
Their diets mainly consist of insects, fish and frogs.
Great Blue Heron
Poised to strike, the Great Blue Heron stalks along American waterways in search of fish and other small animals. These widespread waterbirds are among the tallest of North America’s birds.
A large and gregarious heron that can be found across the lowlands and wetlands of South America. The Cocoi Heron is monotypic and can be fairly easy and common to see in its range.
A small member of the heron family, barely larger than a pigeon, the little bittern is an extremely rare breeding visitor to Britain, with only limited reports of the species in the UK since the first official record in 1984.
Once considered a rare vagrant to Britain, records of sightings of Purple Herons are increasing and occasional reports of breeding exist, although are difficult to substantiate.
Owners of some of the most specialised bills in the bird world, Spoonbills forage in small groups, methodically sweeping through the water in search of small aquatic creatures to snack on. Although rare, these unique birds are making a steady comeback in the United Kingdom.
Often thought of as a newcomer, the Little Egret is actually making a triumphant return to waterways around the UK.
Despite their large frame, these greyish-white birds are elegant and graceful, often found statuesque beside ponds.
Originating in Africa, the western Mediterranean and sub-tropical Asia, the cattle egret has expanded naturally over the last hundred years to South America in the late 1800’s and North America as recently as the early 1950’s. Australia recorded its first migrants in 1940 whilst New Zealand’s population of egrets was established as late as 1960.
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