Great Egret
(Ardea alba)

HABITAT: The great egret is a wading egret, found in most of the tropical and warmer temperate parts of the world, although it is also local in southern Europe and Asia. It is a common sight around the San Francisco Bay’s wetlands.

DIET: The great egret feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, spearing fish, frogs or insects. with its long, sharp bill.

PREDATORS: Humans are the great egret’s number one predator. In North America, large numbers of great egrets were killed around the end of the 19th century so that their feathers could be used to decorate hats. Numbers have since recovered as a result of conservation measures.

FUN FACT: The great egret is the emblem of the National Audubon Society.


Photo by Rick Lewis