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Great Egret Ardea alba

Great Egret Ardea alba

Aves > Pelecaniformes > Ardeidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishGreat Egret
FrenchGrande Aigrette
SpanishGarceta grande


A large heron will all-white plumage, yellow bill and black feet. Migratory in Montreal area, heading South late autumn and returning in April. Mainly eats fishes, frogs and small mammals.

How to Identify

White plumage is a distinctive characteristics of this species.

Where When to Spot

From April to October along rivers, lakes and ponds. More rare than the Great Blue Heron with whom it shares the feeding habitat.




2022-06-11Jardin Botanique de Montréal
2019-08-04Parc Angrignon
2019-06-22Parc de la Frayère
2019-06-22Parc Angrignon
2017-07-02Parc Île Bizard
2016-06-19Parc des Rapides
2016-05-14Parc des Rapides
2016-04-17Parc des Rapides