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Published: 13 Oct 2017

Grootwitreier/Great white egret

Die grootwitreier is ‘n redelike groot voël en kan so lank as 101 cm lank word en weeg gewoonlik tussen 1 – 1,5 kg. Al die voël se vere is wit.  Grootwitreiers maak nes in bome en broei in kolonies naby groot damme en mere met rietbeddings of ander moerasagtige gebiede. Hulle neste is groot en word met stokke gebou en kan tot 100 cm in lengte wees.

Die voël word in die meeste tropiese en warm-klimaatgebiede aangetref. Dié wêreldwye verspreiding beteken dat die Grootwitreier die wydsverspreide van al die reierspesies is. Op die Noord-Amerikaanse kontinent word die voël so ver noord as Suid-Kanada aangetref, en in die suide en middeldele van Europa. Verder kom die Grootwitreier ook in Afrika en Asië voor.

Grootwitreiers is gedeeltelike trekvoëls: voëls in die Noordelike Halfrond migreer suid in die winter.

The great egret (Ardea alba), also known as the common egretlarge egret or (in the Old Worldgreat white egret[2] or great white heron[3][4][5] is a large, widely distributed egret, with four subspecies found in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and southern Europe. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world. It builds tree nests in colonies close to water.

Like all egrets, it is a member of the heron familyArdeidae. Traditionally classified with the storks in the Ciconiiformes, the Ardeidae are closer relatives of pelicans and belong in the Pelecaniformes instead. The great egret—unlike the typical egrets—does not belong to the genus Egretta but together with the great herons is today placed in Ardea. In the past, however, it was sometimes placed in Egretta or separated in a monotypic genus Casmerodius.

The Old World population is often referred to as the “great white egret”. This species is sometimes confused with the great white heron of the Caribbean, which is a white morph of the closely related great blue heron.

The scientific name comes from Latin ardea “heron”, and alba, “white”.

Published: 13 Oct 2017

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