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Great White Egret
Egretta alba

Map of the common names


It is the bigest (L 90 cm) among herons and egrets in Europe. In breeding season, adult acquires black bill and darkest tarsus with yellow tibia. Occurs mainly at marshes and in winter at lagoons and other wetlands. The diet depends almost entirely on fish. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The EU breeding population is estimated about 20 pairs cocentrated at only one colony. The limited population, loss of breeding and winter habitats and disturbance are the major threats which the species is now facing.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : about 500 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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