An egret is any of several herons. The Great Egret is a large bird with all-white plumage that can reach one meter in height and weigh up to about 2 lbs, making it only slightly smaller than the Great Blue or Grey Heron. In flight the bird pulls its neck back; this unique characteristic of herons and bitterns distinguishes them from similar-looking birds.
Egrets breed in colonies close to large lakes with reed beds or other extensive wetlands. They build bulky stick nests. The Great Egret feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, most of the time by standing still and allowing the prey to come within striking distance of its bill which it uses as a spear.