Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

Order: Pelecaniformes | Family: Ardeidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. La Punta, Callao

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Villa Marshes, Lima

Identification & Behavior: ~58.5 cm (23 in). The Snowy Egret is all white, with a slender black bill and yellow bare skin in the face and loral area. They have distinctive yellow feet in otherwise dark legs.  It feeds largely on fish and forages in shallow water. The Snowy Egret is very similar to the Cattle Egret, but is distinguished by the yellow bare skin in the face and loral area, black bill, and yellow feet. These two species use different habitat types. Also, see juvenile Little Blue Heron.

Status: The Snowy Egret is widely distributed and patchily common. Occurs in Amazonia, the Western Lowlands, and the high Andes where it is known to range above 4000 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, Bo, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Garcita Blanca.

Sub-species: Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) Molina, 1782.

Meaning of Name: Egretta: French aigrette= heron. thula: Amerindian, Thula= black neck. This name was given to (Egretta thula) in error by Molina (1782).

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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.