Great white egret (Ardea alba ergetta)

It is a large and slender white waterfowl, which can reach one meter in height. It  flies with his long neck retracted, but usually stretches it out when it walks. It has a yellow beak and black legs with black fingers (its beak may darken and the bottom of the legs may lighten during the breeding season).


The species is partially migratory. It is one of the most widely distributed herons in the world. In Mexico, this heron has been observed in all states of the country. It inhabits all types of wetlands in temperate and tropical regions. The vast majority visit various types of wetlands, they are always kept in shallow waters, and shores in river, lakes and lagoons, even though they may frequent other types of non-aquatic spaces. White herons nest in trees near water and gather in groups, called colonies, which may include other species of herons. They are monogamous animals and both parents, female and male, incubate between three and four eggs.


Its diet includes fish, frogs, small reptiles and mammals. It complements its diet with small birds, molluscs, crustaceans, worms and insects.  They tend to feed in shallow waters, or in the dry habitat near the water shore.

Partially migratory bird with greater sighting probability during winter.


Near the lagoons and the estuary.