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Ardea alba(Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name: Great egret, Garceta grande

PhylumClassOrderFamilyGenusSpeciesSubspecies
ChordataAvesCiconiiformesArdeidaeArdeaalbaegretta
Habitat
This species of egret will be found in shallow or drier habitats, where it usually feeds.
Distribution
Virtually cosmopolitan in warmer areas; in America from United States (wandering north to Canada) to extreme southern Chile and in West Indies.
Natural History Notes
The Great Egret is partially migratory, with northern hemisphere birds moving south from areas with cold winters. It breeds in colonies in trees close to large lakes with reed beds or other extensive wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest. The call at breeding colonies is a loud croaking "cuk cuk cuk".

Conservation status according to IUCN 2008 Red list: Least Concern (LC).
This is a resident species.
Characteristics
This large egret shows a uniform white plumage. It has a yellow beak and black legs and feet.
Other Literature
Miranda, L. and Collazo, J. A. 1997. Food habits of 4 species of wading birds (Ardeidae) in a tropical mangrove swamp. Colonial-Waterbirds. 20(3): 413-418.
In Bocas Del Toro
Museum ReferencesThe Field Museum
LocalityTranquilo Bay: Mangrove
Zapatillas: Cay No.2
Loma Partida
Buena Esperanza
Canal-Changuinola: Entrada Canal & Boca Río Changuinola


Compiled by
Lexi Weintraub; Zoe Joly-Lopez
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Reference
IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org.

Ridgely, Robert. S. and John. A. Gwynne. Jr. 1989. A Guide to the Birds of Panama. Second Edition. Princeton University Press. Princeton, New Jersey. 534 p.

Van Bael, Sunshine A., Bichier, Peter, Ochoa, Isis and Greenberg, Russell. 2007. Bird diversity in cacao farms and forest fragments of western Panama. Biodiversity and Conservation 16: 2245-2256.
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