Species Identification - Birds

Snowy Egret - Egretta thula

Family: Egrets

 

Description: Smaller than the Great Egret, the Snowy Egret stands 24” tall and has a wingspan of 41”. It has black legs, bright yellow feet, and a black bill. It is most noted for its beautiful plumes on the back of its head, neck, and back. Like the Great Egret, the Snowy Egret also was hunted for plumes to decorate women’s hats. Its population was greatly reduced, but it is now protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It makes a low raspy note at the nest.

Range: Common. Lives in wetland habitats mainly along coasts.

Photos by Carl Berube

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