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Great White Heron (Ardea herodias occidentalis)
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Great White Heron (Ardea herodias occidentalis)

General Description: Great White Herons (Ardea herodias occidentalis), considered by some to be a subspecies of Great Blue Heron or even a full species (but not yet settled), are large, all-white herons with a heavy yellow bill, a straight culmen, and a bit of a crest (head plumes shorter than in regular Great Blue Herons). Often thought to be Great Egrets, Great White Herons have a crest and lack the fancy breeding plumes of Great Egrets.

Taxonomy: Pelecaniformes, Ardeidae.

Where to Find: Don't look for Great White Heron around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them in marshes and ponds in south-most Florida where they can be found foraging on the seashore and in freshwater ponds and swamps.

Great White Heron (Ardea herodias occidentalis) Great White Heron (Ardea herodias occidentalis)
Great White Heron (Ardea herodias occidentalis) Great White Heron (Ardea herodias occidentalis)
Great White Heron (Ardea herodias occidentalis) Great White Heron (Ardea herodias occidentalis)
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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