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Ardea alba (Great Egret)

Synonyms: Casmerodius albus; Egretta alba

Wikipedia Abstract

The great egret (Ardea alba), also known as the common egret, large egret or (in the Old World) great white heron, is a large, widely distributed egret, with four subspecies found in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and southern Europe. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world. It builds tree nests in colonies close to water.
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Infraspecies

Ardea alba alba (Eurasian great egret)
Ardea alba egretta (American great egret)
Ardea alba melanorhynchos (Great white egret)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
7
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
31
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 15.1374
EDGE Score: 2.78114

Attributes

Clutch Size [8]  4
Clutches / Year [6]  2
Fledging [2]  41 days
Incubation [6]  23 days
Mating System [4]  Monogamy
Maximum Longevity [6]  23 years
Snout to Vent Length [2]  37 inches (94 cm)
Speed [9]  22.817 MPH (10.2 m/s)
Water Biome [1]  Lakes and Ponds, Rivers and Streams, Coastal, Brackish Water
Wing Span [9]  4.723 feet (1.44 m)
Adult Weight [2]  1.925 lbs (873 g)
Birth Weight [4]  61 grams
Female Weight [7]  1.79 lbs (812 g)
Male Weight [7]  2.061 lbs (935 g)
Weight Dimorphism [7]  15.1 %
Breeding Habitat [3]  Wetlands
Wintering Geography [3]  Widespread
Wintering Habitat [3]  Wetlands, Coastal saltmarshes, Agricultural
Diet [5]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates), Piscivore
Diet - Ectothermic [5]  30 %
Diet - Endothermic [5]  10 %
Diet - Fish [5]  20 %
Diet - Invertibrates [5]  40 %
Forages - Ground [5]  50 %
Forages - Water Surface [5]  50 %
Female Maturity [6]  2 years
Male Maturity [6]  2 years

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