Great Egret found near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.
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Scientific Name : Casmerodius albus / Ardea alba / Egretta alba
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Pelecaniformes
Family : Ardeidae
Genus : Ardea
Species : A. alba
How do I Identify this bird :
- It is a lanky snow white egret and is very large in size and about 65 -72 cms long
- Its bill is black and yellow or yellow.
- Its legs are black
- It has a very long neck and large Black line of gape extends behind eyebill
- Normally during the breeding season the bill is deep black, with contrasting blue-grey or lime-green lore, and the legs are also black (including the feet) but with yellow on the tibia, down to and including the ‘knees’.
- In full breeding condition for a short time they have green lores (vivid turquoise-green) above the intense black bill. Also note the legs (tibia) are pale red.
- By late summer, orange or bright primrose-yellow starts to appear on the bill base, gradually increasing in size so that by autumn the bill is completely orangey-yellow, remaining this colour throughout the winter
- Difficult to distinguish from other egrets in non-breeding plumage except the little egret which has black and yellow feet.
Where do I find this bird :
- You can see this bird in the paddy fields around DPS Tapi and DPS Surat .
- They are generally found in marshy places, rivers etc.
- They feed on fish, frogs etc.
- They nest during July – February. Their nest is a flimsy platform of sticks on trees.
Local Names :
Hindi : Bada bagla
Bengali : Bada bak
Assamese : Bor bog
Tamil : Chennarai