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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Ardeidae
Genus:Egretta
Genus species:Egretta thula

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:51-69 cm
Identification:The snowy egret has white plumage, a slender black bill, black legs, and yellow feet.
Habitat:Marshes, swamps, ponds, shores
Diet:Carnivore: fish, insects, crustaceans, frogs, snails, snakes, lizards, rodents
Reproduction:Nests are located in trees, shrubs, or on the ground in breeding colonies. Females lay 3-5 eggs and incubate them for 20-24 days with help from their mates. The last chick to hatch may end up starving. The chicks can fly by 30 days of age.
Snowy egrets are highly gregarious.
Behavior:Snowy egrets are often observed sprinting through shallow water after prey. They also feed in open fields. Northern populations may migrate for the winter.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The heron family is very resilient. They have been killed by the millions to obtain plumes for the adornment of ladies' hats.

Other Information

Geographic:Central North America
South America
Date:1965-10 Subjects:long-legged wading bird
Snowy egret
Herons
Ardea
Ardeidae
Ciconiiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata