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Great Egret

Casmerodius albus

Similar in form to the great blue heron but distinguished by its black legs, white feathers and absence of a crest, this bird was hunted for its plumes to the point of a severe decrease in population. Great egret numbers have now recovered to a great extent, and some parts of its range are even expanding.

Map of Great Egret in Canada
Distribution of Great Egret in Canada

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