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Eastern Great Egret

The Eastern Great Egret (Ardea alba modesta) is a subspecies of the Great Egret found throughout Asia and Oceania. Measuring 83–103 cm (33–41 in) in length and weighing 0.7–1.2 kg (1.5–2.6 lb), the Eastern Great Egret is a large heron with all-white plumage. Its bill is yellow in the breeding season and black at other times, and its long legs are red or black. It can be distinguished from other white egrets and herons by its very long neck, one and a half times as long as its own body.

Photo: JJ Harrison

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