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The Great Egret also known as Great White Egret, Common Egret, Large Egret or Great White Heron, is a large, widely-distributed egret. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world, in southern Europe it is rather localized.
The Great Egret feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, feeding mainly on fish, frogs, small mammals, and occasionally small reptiles and insects, spearing them with its long, sharp bill most of the time by standing still and allowing the prey to come within its striking distance of its bill which it uses as a spear. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.
The Great Egret is depicted on the reverse side of a 5-Brazilian reais banknote.
White Egrets is the title of Saint Lucian Poet Derek Walcott's fourteenth collection of poems.
The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society.
May 19th, 2013
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