Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > Superclass Gnathostomata > Superclass Tetrapoda > Class Aves > Order Ciconiiformes > Family Ardeidae > Genus Ardea

Ardea alba Linnaeus, 1758

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

ArdeaLinnaeus, 1758accepted genus name

Species group names

Egretta alba (Linnaeus, 1758) synonym

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 Bokmål (Norwegian): egretthegre sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Danish: sølvhejre sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Dutch: grote zilverreiger sources: Avibase - the world bird database
 English: great egret sources: North-West Atlantic Ocean species (NWARMS)
 French: grande aigrette sources: Avibase - the world bird database
 German: Silberreiher sources: Avibase - the world bird database
 Nynorsk (Norwegian): egretthegre sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Welsh: crëyr mawr gwyn


original description

Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentius Salvius: Holmiae. ii, 824 pp.

basis of record

Linkletter, L.E. 1977. A checklist of marine fauna and flora of the Bay of Fundy. Huntsman Marine Laboratory, St. Andrews, N.B. 68 p.

basis of record

Squires, H.J. 1990. Decapod Crustacea of the Atlantic coast of Canada. Canadian Bulletin of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 221. 532 p.

basis of record

Vanner, M. 2003. The encyclopedia of North American birds. Paragon Publishing. Bath. 383 p.

basis of record

Banks, R.C., R.W. McDiarmid, and A.L. Gardner. 1987. Checklist of vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Resource Publication No. 166. 79 p.

basis of record

Field Guide to Birds of North America 1983

basis of record

Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station.

basis of record

Peterson, R.T. and V.M. Peterson. 2002. A field guide to the birds of eastern and central North America. Fifth Edition. Peterson Field Guide Series. Houghton Mifflin Company. New York. 427 p.

additional source

Gallardo, J. C., V. Macías, and E. Velarde. 2009. Birds (Vertebrata: Aves) of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 1321–1342 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of Mexico–Origins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M Press, College Station, Texas.



External Links

Link To GBIF


Adriaens, P. (2012). Ardea alba Linnaeus, 1758. In: Costello, M.J.; Bouchet, P.; Boxshall, G.; Arvantidis, C.; Appeltans, W. (2012) European Register of Marine Species, accessed through PESI at http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?GUID=urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:159381




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not marine, not brackish


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