Nature Journal
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Great Egret Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Sexes similar
- Large long-legged long-necked wading bird
- Usually holds neck in an "S" curve in flight
- Long, thick yellow bill
- Black legs and feet
- Entirely white plumage
- Juvenile similar to basic-plumaged adult

Adult alternate
- Shaggy neck and back plumes

Similar species
Cattle Egret much smaller with a shorter, stubbier bill and pale legs. Snowy Egret is smaller and has black bill and yellow feet. Immature Little Blue Heron is smaller and has a pale bill with a black tip, and green legs.

Reddish Egrets (white morph) have pale bills with black tips and blue-gray legs. The "Great White" Heron of southern Florida has yellow legs.
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