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Snowy Egret Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Egretta thula
  • Class

    Birds
  • Order

    Ciconiiformes
  • Range

    The snowy egret can be found throughout North and South America.

  • Status

    Common

  • Habitat

    This heron species prefers to inhabit the shallow waters of bays, inlets, swamps, ponds and lagoons.

  • Niche

    The snowy egret preys on a wide variety of creatures both in and out of the water. The bird's large bill can be used to grasp prey ranging from earthworms and insects to fish, snakes and lizards.

  • Life History

    Males attract mates by performing vocalizations and displays such as bobbing motions delivered with the bill stretched toward the sky. The female builds her nest from sticks and twigs, and both parents contribute to the incubation and rearing of young.

  • Special Adaptations

    The snowy egret's long, thin toes enable it to step easily through the water.

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