Birdorable Great Egret

Cute Birdorable Great Egret

The Great Egret is one of the latest birds we've added to Birdorable. It is widely distributed across the tropical and temperate regions in the world and can be found on all continents. We see these beautiful white birds regularly here in Illinois, where they are quite common. This was however not always the case. In the late 1800s and early 1900s the birds were hunted to near extinction by plume hunters, as they were a popular addition to lady's hats. North American populations of Great Egrets were reduced by more than 95 percent! Fortunately, Great Egrets have recovered as a result of conservation measures. In 1953, the Great Egret was chosen as the symbol of the National Audubon Society, which was formed in part to prevent the killing of birds for their feathers.

Great Egret at Viera Wetlands in Florida
Great Egret at Viera Wetlands in Florida

This is a our cute Birdorable version of the Great Egret. For more birds like this see Egret & Other Waders in our Meet the Birds area.


Andrew on March 22, 2019 at 7:39 PM wrote:
this letter E is for egret
Reed on May 24, 2020 at 1:31 PM wrote:
You should add the great Crested flycatcher to your website!
Spurwing Plover on June 17, 2022 at 7:48 AM wrote:
The Logo of the National Audubon Society once tried to replace it with Blue Flag Logo
JUCILEI ANDREACCI on August 21, 2023 at 5:30 PM wrote:
Yes, it sounds like a phone ring
Pileated woodpecker on August 21, 2023 at 5:32 PM wrote:
"Whinny sounds" A heron sucking on a broken-in whale pacifier

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