Common Names: Snowy egret
Sub-category: Bitterns, Herons, & Egrets
Adults are typically 24 inches long and weigh 0.827 pounds. They have a slim black bill and long black legs with yellow feet. The area of the upper bill, in front of the eyes, is yellow but turns red during the breeding season, when the adults also gain recurved plumes on the back, making for a "shaggy" effect. The juvenile looks similar to the adult, but the base of the bill is paler, and a green or yellow line runs down the back of the legs.
Snowy egrets nest in colonies on thick vegetation in isolated places, such as barrier islands, dredge-spoil islands, salt marsh islands, swamps, and marshes. During the breeding season snowy egrets feed in estuaries, saltmarshes, tidal channels, shallow bays, and mangroves.