Snowy Egret

(Egretta thula)

Conservation Status

 

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  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNA - Not applicable

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
 
Description
 
 

The bill is black. The legs are black. The feet are yellow.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

22 to 26 in length

42 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
 

 

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
 

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) bill and legs are orange.

Great Egret (Ardea alba) is much larger. The bill is yellow. The feet are black.

 
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Marshes, lakes, and ponds

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Spring and fall

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Occasional to rare migrant

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Pelecaniformes (pelicans, herons, ibises, and allies)  
 

Family

Ardeidae (bitterns, egrets, herons)  
 

Subfamily

Ardeinae (typical herons and egrets)  
 

Genus

Egretta (typical egrets)  
       
 

Bitterns, egrets, and herons (family Ardeidae) were formerly classified under the order Ciconiiformes. Based on a phylogenomic study published in 2008, the family was transferred to the order Pelecaniformes.

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Brewster’s Snowy Egret (Egretta thula brewsteri)

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula thula)

 
       
 

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  Snowy Egret
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  Snowy Egret Fishing
Larry Jordan
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Oct 23, 2011

The Snowy Egret has the largest repertoire of foraging behaviors of all North American herons according to Birds of North America Online. You will see several of them in this four minute video. The first and most often used foraging behavior of this beautiful egret involves stirring up the mud with the feet. You will see this behavior in the first 30 seconds of the video.

   
       
  Snowy Egret's Nest | National Geographic
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Uploaded on Dec 28, 2007

In a cruel Darwinian struggle, baby egrets see who will stay in the nest, and who will be sacrificed to the alligator waiting below.
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  Snowy Egret Fishing - Oh those Yellow Feet!
MyBackyardBirding
 
   
 
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Published on Feb 15, 2016

Beautiful Snowy Egret with bright yellow feet, uses them to help stir up fish while hunting. Unlike most herons that patiently sit and wait to strike a fish, the Snowy Egret is on the move - stirring up the bottom and exciting fish with those big yellow feet and covering a lot of ground to stalk fish. Snowy Egrets are one of my favorite birds with their striking pure white plumage and sexy yellow feet they always make my day! If you've never seen on on the move you are in for a treat!

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  Snowy Egret feeding frenzy
Van Remsen
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 10, 2015

Thousands of Snowy Egrets (and other species), South Farm, Sherburne WMA, LA, 9-10-15

   
       
  Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) feeding at Good Harbor Beach Gloucester Massachusetts
Kim Smith
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 16, 2011

Filmed at Good Harbor Beach Gloucester, Massachusetts, July 13, 2011. The Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) is easily distinguished from the Great Egret (Casmerodius albus) by its smaller size, plume of feathers atop its head, and bright, sunny yellow feet. The Snowy Egret is about 24 inches long and weighs approximately 13 ounces. The Great Egret is roughly 37-40 inches long and weighs about 35 ounces. Plume hunters for the millinery trade hunted both species of egrets to near extinction by the turn of the previous century. Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Snowy is protected by US law and the population has rebounded.

The Snowy Egret's diet is diverse, consisting primarily of shrimps, snails, small fish, frogs, and aquatic insects. Snowys stalk prey in shallow water, and in the video, you can see it flushing prey into view by shaking and shuffling its feet. While filming (see last half minute of video), the Snowy stepped out of the water, turned gracefully towards the camera, and stood for a moment--providing more than a quick glimpse of it's substantial, bright cadmium lemon feet.

   
       

 

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