Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)

Order: Pelecaniformes  | Family: Ardeidae  | IUCN Status: Near Threatened

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Florida, North America

Age: Adults two Morphs | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Florida, North America

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Florida, North America

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Florida, North America

Identification & Behavior: ~75 cm (29.5 in). The Reddish Egret has a white and a brown morph. The bill in adults of both morphs is bi-colored pink and black (Uniform dark in juveniles). It forages for fish in shallow water with characteristic “dancing” moves. The white morph is similar to Great Egret and juvenile Little Blue Heron, but it is distinguished from them by its larger size and pink and black bill.

Status: The Reddish Egret is known in Peru by a single sight record at the mouth of Rio Zaña in Lambayeque.

Name in Spanish: Garcita Rojiza.

Sub-species: Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) Gmelin, JF, 1789.

Meaning of Name: Egretta: French aigrette= heron. rufescens: L. reddish brown color..

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.