Great White Egret

Ardea alba

(A. a. alba)

Armenian Name: Սպիտակ մեծ տառեղ
Great White Egret

See Plate 3 for Great White Egret and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round visitor
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:85-102 cm, Wing Span:140-170 cm
Distribution Map: Map 14.
Description: All white with long neck and legs.
Adult (Breeding): Dark bill, yellow-orange upper legs, and long plumes which flow loosely over lower back and tail.
Adult (Non-breeding): Yellow bill; legs are dull yellow above knee and dark below.
Similar Species: Differs from Little Egret by being markedly larger with yellowish legs; lacks yellow feet.
Behavior: Flies with slow and graceful wingbeats. Hunts by walking or waiting motionless with outstretched neck, then lunging rapidly at prey.
Habitat: Fish ponds, lakes, marshes.
Food: Fish, other small vertebrates, aquatic insects.