egret n : any of various usually white herons having long plumes during breeding season
- Czech: volavka
- Dutch: reiger
- Finnish: jalohaikara
- French: aigrette
- Greek: τσικνιάς (tsiknias) , ψαροφάγος (psarofagos) , χουλιάρι (khuliari)
- Korean: 해오라기 (haeOragi), 왜가리 (waegari), 백로 (白鷺, baegro, baekro)
- Spanish: garza (Ardea), garcita (Egretta)
- This is an article about a type of bird. For the EGRET satellite mission, see Energetic Gamma Ray Experiment Telescope.
Several of the egrets have been moved around from one genus to another in recent years: the Great Egret, for example, has been classified as a member of either Casmerodius, Egretta or Ardea.
In the 19th and early part of the 20th century, some of the world's egret species were endangered by relentless hunting, since hat makers in Europe and the United States demanded massive numbers of egret plumes and breeding birds were killed in locations all around the world.
Several Egretta species, including the Eastern Reef Egret, the Reddish Egret and the Western Reef Egret have two distinct colours, one of which is entirely white. Little Blue Heron has all-white juvenile plumage.
Species in taxonomic order
- Great Egret or Great White Egret, Ardea alba
- Intermediate Egret, Ardea intermedia or Egretta intermedia
- Cattle Egret, Ardea ibis
- Little Egret Egretta garzetta
- Eastern Reef Egret, Egretta sacra
- Western Reef Egret, Egretta gularis
- Snowy Egret, Egretta thula
- Reddish Egret, Egretta rufescens
- Slaty Egret, Egretta vinaceigula
- Chinese Egret, Egretta eulophotes
egret in German: Reiher
egret in Swahili (macrolanguage): Yangeyange
egret in Finnish: Jalohaikara
egret in Chinese: 白鹭属
egret in Marathi: बगळा