E is for Egret
|Great Egret, Casmerodius albus, Lee county, Mississippi, USA, July 23, 2015|
Formerly known as the "American Egret," "Large Egret," "White Egret," "Great White Egret," and "Great White Heron," this bird's official name in North America is now Great Egret (National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds).
Great Egrets can be found in freshwater and salt marshes and ponds along the coastal areas of the United States and in the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys. They wade in shallow water or stalk their prey from the bank, eating fish, frogs, small snakes, various small aquatic animals, and insects.
They are large birds standing at least 1 meter (over 3 feet) tall with yellow bills and black legs and feet. In addition to other North American Egrets, the Great Egret's relatives can be found in Europe, Africa and Asia.
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