Reddish egret Egretta rufescens

Identification Tips:

Adult-dark morph:

Adult-white morph:


Similar species:

In all plumages the heavy, pink-based bill and shaggy neck are diagnostic. The dark Little Blue Heron is somewhat similar but has a gray-based bill and is smaller without the shaggy neck. Tricolored Heron has a white belly. White morph birds are similar to egrets and other white phase herons but note the different bill and leg colors.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.

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