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    Great Egret Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Great Egrets are tall, long-legged wading birds with long, S-curved necks and long, dagger-like bills. In flight, the long neck is tucked in and the legs extend far beyond the tip of the short tail.

      Relative Size

      Smaller than a Great Blue Heron; larger than a Snowy Egret.

      Relative Sizegoose or largergoose-sized or larger
      Measurements
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 37.0-40.9 in (94-104 cm)
        • Weight: 35.3 oz (1000 g)
        • Wingspan: 51.6-57.1 in (131-145 cm)