Snowy Egret

Scientific Name:

Egretta thula

Type:

Bird

Habitat:

Almost any shallow aquatic habitat like marshes, mudflats, swamps, wetlands, and coastal areas

Range:

North, Central, and South America

Status:

Least Concern (IUCN Red List)

This species is

NATIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

Snowy egrets are beautiful, slender white birds; medium in size, they are larger than a crow and smaller than a goose. Snowy egrets have long black legs with strikingly bright yellow feet. Snowy egrets have a black bill which they use for foraging in the shallow water.

Fast Facts:

  • Snowy egrets are highly social birds and will forage with many other common water birds such as herons and gulls.

  • Because  adult snowy egrets use their bright yellow feet to stir up the mud when foraging, they are said to be dancing on golden slippers.

  • Despite their graceful appearance, snowy egrets are raucous and loud, especially in nesting colonies.

  • Snowy egrets are long-distance migratory birds that can be found throughout much of the United States, Mexico, Central America and even parts of South America.

  • While populations of snowy egrets were decimated by hunters for their showy plumes in the late nineteen century, conservation efforts have returned the birds to much of their original territory.

  • Snowy egrets have been seen in the wetlands near Damonte, Center Creek, and Comstock Parks, and are likely in other parks near wetlands.

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Last Updated:

May 11, 2021, 10:13:43 PM