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Great Egret (Ardea alba) Family: Herons & Egrets

Great Egret

Egret Behavior

Egret Identification


Quick Bird Facts

  • Height: 32” - 72”
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs.
  • Life Span: 15 years in wild
    > up to 22 in captivity
  • Wingspan: 4.3' - 4.8'
  • Food: Frogs, snakes, crayfish, fish, mice, crickets, aquatic insects, grasshoppers, and many other insects
  • Habitat: Streams, lakes, ponds, mud flats, saltwater and freshwater marshes are inhabited by this beautiful bird. Wooded swamps and wetlands are the preferred location for great egrets and other heron species.

Egret Profile

The Great Egret is a large member of the heron family, with long legs, white plumage, and a slender body. Adults have black legs and feet. During the breeding season, the normally yellow bill may appear orange and long feather plumes extend from the back to beyond the tail. Immature egrets and non-breeding adults have no plumes and the color of their bills and legs is duller. The wings of the Great Egret are proportionately longer and broader than most other white herons. In flight, the Great Egret holds its neck in a more open S-shape than do other white herons.
The great egret call is a very deep, low, gravelly croaking sound
Egret SoundHear It Now! 

Egret Problems

Waterfowl cause significant losses to agricultural and aqua cultural crops, damage golf courses, cemeteries, lawns, and gardens, and contaminate reservoirs. Their activities can cause real economic hardship, aggravate nuisance situations, or create human health hazards. Besides consuming fish, egrets can injure fish, disrupt their feeding activity, disturb broodstock, and contribute to the spread of diseases and parasites in aquaculture ponds and raceways. Egret feces can degrade water quality and through bacterial activity, lead to reduced oxygen levels. It can result in significant expenditure of time and funds in establishing bird management programs and training personnel.

Egret & Bittern Control

Egrets can be difficult to remove. Once established, immediate corrective landscaping and behavioral modification is imperative: Remove cover shrubbery; use herbicides to eliminate aquatic vegetation; and reduce fertilizer, especially around pond area, to make grass less nutritionally attractive. Several visual scare products like Gator Guard and Prowler Owl combined with Bird Stop taste aversion should be employed as soon as the birds enter the area, varying in location and type. For more established flocks, audio scare devices like our top selling GooseBuster which projects true geese distress calls through several speaker locations in a random pattern to scare them away. All systems require constant re-enforcement and should be relocated frequently, especially the Gator Guard replica to remain a realistic threat to the birds. The Industrial Bird Hazer has shown effectiveness at repelling great egrets away from large open areas.

See our complete list below of recommended bird deterrent products to repel egrets.
To speak to a bird control professional, call BirdStoppers at 1-866-411-6287.
A "synergy" or combination of bird repellent products typically offer the most successful solution for repelling egrets. For bird control solutions, we often recommend using companion products by combining electronic sonic repeller devices or bird hazers with visual scare deterrents, physical bird barriers or scent and taste aversion products. This kind of multi-sensory attack is extremely effective in deterring pest egrets for good!

Sound Repellers & Bird Hazers

Sound Repellers & Bird Hazers

Critter Blaster ProCritter Blaster ProSonic animal and bird repeller uses digital harrassment sounds to get rid of pests. 6 acre coverage.
GooseBusterGooseBusterSonic goose control repeller features authentic goose alert and alarm calls to prevent acclimation.
Industrial Bird Control HazerIndustrial Bird Control HazerBird hazer generator sends an invisible, harmless bird repellent haze into the air that makes birds scatter.
Visual Bird Scares & Taste Aversions

Visual Bird Scares & Taste Aversions

Bird StopBird StopLiquid bird repellent has a taste and smell that birds can't stand. Protect crops and food sources.
Coyote DecoyCoyote DecoyRealistic life-size predator decoy scares away geese, birds and other small pests.
Gator GuardGator GuardRealistic "floating" visual predator scares away geese and other water birds.
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