Great White Egret (Ardea alba)
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DescriptionWS: 145 - 170cm; L: 85 - 100cm
A very large all-white heron. It has an all-yellow bill and long, dark legs.
It is found mainly in southern and south-east Europe, also in India and south-east Asia, north and South America and central and southern Africa. It is a rare but annual vagrant in the British Isles.
It breeds in colonies at large, shallow, swampy lakes, preferably in reeds, with some low bushes and trees.
It is a partial migrant, with European birds wintering in Mediterranean regions or north Africa.
The Great Egret is of Least Concern in the IUCN list.