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#1 sfischer2250

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:17 PM

I've been discussing with some birders about Great Egrets...at least what I call a Great Egret. Some are calling it a White Egret and still others a White Heron. My field guides only list the Great Egret. Are the others "older" terms for the same bird?

#2 Parula

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:32 PM

well there is a white phase great blue heron called great white heron

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:35 PM

I've also heard people call Great Egrets by "American Egret"

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 01:56 AM

I remember when they were called American egrets and common egrets.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:03 AM

well there is a white phase great blue heron called great white heron


Yeah, nowadays, a White Heron is a white phase Great Blue Heron. It is found in southern Florida and can be differentiated from the Great Egret by it's yellow legs. Great Egrets have black legs

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 01:44 PM

Thank you all for your comments. I'm glad to know this! I certainly see a good number of Great Egrets in my backyard pond - happy that I have been calling them the right name!

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 08:51 PM

Great White Egrets have jet black legs. White Herons, morph of the Great Blue Heron, have pink/flesh colored legs. Very easy to tell the difference. Faces are quite different too, egrets are more slender.




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