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Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens


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Reddish Egret, dark morph
credit: Googie man /CCSA

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Family: Ardeidae, Herons, Egrets, Bitterns view all from this family

Description ADULT WHITE MORPH Has pure white plumage; shaggy plumes are seen on head and lower neck in breeding season. ADULT DARK MORPH Has dark bluish gray body plumage and reddish orange head and neck; has shaggy plumes on head and lower neck in breeding season. JUVENILE WHITE MORPH Similar to adult white morph but with uniformly dark bill. JUVENILE DARK MORPH Similar to adult dark morph but plumage is much paler overall with rufous feather edges on back and uniformly dark bill.

Dimensions Length: 30" (76 cm); Wngspn: 3' 10" (1.2 m)

Habitat Locally and generally scarce resident of saltwater wetlands on Florida coast and Gulf coast.

Observation Tips Easiest to see well in Florida's Everglades.

Range Texas, Florida, Southeast, California

Voice Utters a subdued croaking eeuuah.

Discussion Distinctive coastal heron with a relatively long bill, strikingly bicolored (pink base and dark tip) in breeding season but otherwise rather dull. Occurs as two very different color morphs. Legs are dark in all birds. Given morph differences, sexes are not separable.