Study of egret bills
It was crowded at Technopol Thursday morning. Hundreds of white egrets, as well as other bird species, flocking in the swamps and the lakes. It was a wonderful sight. But with so many seemingly similar tall, white birds on the same spot it would be nice with a quick comparative guide for identification. It comes below – at least for three of the species.
In this photo are three different species of white egrets presented next to each other.
- On the left; Great White Egret (Egretta alba) – identification hint; tallest of the white egrets, yellow bill (black when breeding – darkens from tip to base). Important: Gape extends behind the eye.
- On the right; Intermediate Egret (Egrette intermedia) – identification hint; smaller than Great White. Yellow bill (red/orange when breeding). Gape line does not extend behind the eye.
- In the middle; Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) – identification hint; Black bill.
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