photo by Phil Swanson
L 39″ (99 cm) W 51″ (130 cm).
Song or calls:
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Usually silent away from colony; sometimes croaks.
Description: Large, all white heron with long black legs and feet. Long straigh yellow bill.
Habitat: Attracted to shallow water of rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs and marshes during the breeding season and during migration.
Where in Nebraska: Fairly common regular spring and fall migrant in the eastern portion of the state and becomming more rare in the west. Common regular summer visitor east and central.
Status: Population was greatly reduced by plume hunters at the turn of the 20th century; now mostly recovered. Higher numbers of breeders possible in the state than records reflect.
Field Notes: Heronries should be scanned for Great Egrets, especially those in the Missouri River Valley.
Fun Facts: The Great Egret is the symbol for the National Audobon Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to bird conservation and was founded to protect birds from being killed for their feathers.