Long Legged Waders

Snowy Egret

Egretta thula
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Length: 24 in. (61 cm )
The black bill, black legs and golden feet distinguish this white egret from other similar species. It is always associated with water in marshes, lakes, ponds and coastal estuaries. Often feeds in water by scaring invertebrates and fish with movements of its bright feet. Bulky stick nest is placed in colonies of other herons, cormorants and ibis, usually in tall shrubs and small trees near water. Roosts communally in isolated tree groves with other herons during the winter.

The four-digit banding code is SNEG.

Male | Jim Burns

Marsh / swamp


Open water

Riparian / River forest
Bird Sound Type: Grating
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Snowy Egret
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: March 24, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/snowy-egret

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Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Snowy Egret. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved March 24, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/snowy-egret

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Dr. Biology. "Snowy Egret". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/snowy-egret

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Dr. Biology. "Snowy Egret". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 24 Mar 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/snowy-egret

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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