Tuesday, January 1, 2013

great egret in nepal

The great egret is a white bird with black feet and long black legs. It has black tipped yellow bill. These birds are characterized with neck curved in S shape. These birds were once endangered due to their beautiful feathers that come during their breeding season. The bird grow long delicate curly feather on back during breeding season. Males and females birds look alike though male ones are little larger. They live in banks of water reservoirs like ponds, river side, and also grasslands, agricultural land. They feed by swallowing whole fish, frogs, crayfish, small reptiles, snakes, snails, small mammals, insects and small birds. During breeding season female bird lays a clutch consisting of 3 to 5 eggs. They are found to live 10 to 20 years though its lifespan is about 5 years. They are seen in Chitwan of Nepal.
Common Name:great egret, thulo seto bakulla, ठुलो सेतो बकुल्ला
Scientific Name: Casmerodius albus
Weight: 950 grams
Color: white bird with black feet and long black legs
Length: 70 - 105 cms

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