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Common Name : Large Egret     -       Scientific Name : Egretta alba       -       Other Name : Great Egret (E), Maha Sudu Koka (S)
Panikkar Villu
10/25/2015
Panikkar Villu
10/25/2015
Kollan kanatta junction
02/21/2016

This is a very common breeding resident found through out the lowlands. It is found in most tropical and temperate regions of the world.

The conservation status of this species is regarded as “Least Concerned” (National Red List 2012).

This is a species protected under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance as amended by Act No. 22 of 2009.

I have seen this bird in suitable habitat through out the dry lowlands. It is equally common in the wet zone and the dry zone. It is a common bird in the north and is seen in large numbers in the Mannar and Jaffna peninsula. I have not seen it so far in the higher hills but up to about 400 meters. It is a common bird in most paddy fields.

This is a very common bird in Wilpattu. A few individuals are invariably present in every water body.