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.