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)