Birdwatching in Wagga Wagga

Image — Eastern Great Egret

Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta)
Taken in Leeton, NSW, May 16, 2009.

Many sources regard A. modesta as being conspecific with the Great Egret (Ardea alba). Christidis and Boles (2008), however, identify the Australian species as A. modesta.

Note also that it is not always easy to distinguish between the Eastern Great Egret and the Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia) – certainly not on the basis of size alone. A number of other characteristics, particularly around the head and neck, provide vital clues. Hopefully, this diagram of an Eastern Great Egret will help. It also pays to keep in mind that the Eastern Great Egret is far more common in the area – particularly at Lake Albert.


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