The Great Egret is only slightly smaller than the Great Blue Heron. This stately bright white bird is common in the Americas due to aggressive conservation efforts in the 20th century – they were nearly wiped out in the late 1800s from hunting to use their white feathers in fashion. The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society, which was created to prevent the killing of birds to use their feathers. This long-legged wader can be found along river edges, lakes, ponds and marshes hunting for fish. During breeding season, they display a bright green patch of skin on their face and long plumes grow from its back.
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