Snowy Egret Egretta thula



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Breeding adult

Medium-sized snow white heron with a black bill and yellow feet.


Immature birds look similar to adults, but have dull yellowish green legs.

Breeding adult

During the breeding season, adult Snowy Egrets develop long, wispy feathers on their backs, necks, and heads.


Stalks, walks, or runs after fish, frogs, and aquatic invertebrates. Often uses its bright yellow feet to stir up the water or probe in the mud, rounding up prey before striking with its bill.


Medium-sized heron with a long neck and daggerlike bill. Entirely white with a yellow patch of skin in front of the eye.

Adult with Great Egret

Snowy Egrets are smaller than Great Egrets and have a black (not yellow) bill and yellow (not black) feet.


Found in mudflats, beaches, and wetlands, but also forages in wet agricultural fields and along the edges of rivers and lakes.

Recommended Citation

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: