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The Great Egret is the largest of the egrets, and has a yellow bill, with black legs and feet. Like Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets were hunted nearly to extinction during the late 1800's. According to National Geographic, their population declined by 95 percent. Fortunately, they have since recovered.

The Great Egret in flight is the symbol of the National Audubon Society, an organization that was formed partly to keep more birds from being killed for their feathers.

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