Snowy egret

Latin Name
Egretta thula

Class
Birds

Order
Ciconiiformes

Description

The snowy egret gets its name from its all-white plumage, although the species' black legs and yellow feet also distinguish it. Upon reaching maturity, adult birds develop long, fine plumes of feathers along the chest, back and neck.


 

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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