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Eastern Great Egret



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The Eastern Great Egret is white heron species

with various names like Great Egret, White Egret, Large Egret, Great White Egret, Common Egret, White Crane, White Heron or Large Heron.

It is large and widely distributed egret with the scientific name Ardea Alba Modesta falling under the genus Ardea and sub species Ardea alba. They are widely spread throughout Asia. The quick classification of Eastern Great Egret is given below,

 Kingdom  Animalia 
 Phylum   Chordata 
 Class   Aves 
 Order   Pelecaniformes 
 Family   Ardeidae 
 Genus   Ardea 
 Species   Ardea alba 
 Subspecies   Ardea Alba Modesta 

Physical Characteristics:

The Eastern Great Egret is a large white heron bird with entire white plumage. Their bill is black and during the breeding season it turns yellow. The legs are red or black in color. The bare parts change color during its breeding season. Lores are yellow in color. Iris is yellow colored. A black color line could be seen beyond the eye. The upper leg is thinner than lower leg. During the breeding season the plumage is marked by long neck with loose feathers and green facial area. During the courtship the bill changes to grey black and the iris turns red color. The lores turn olive green from pale green color. The color of the leg becomes variably pink, purple red, red or brown red.




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