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Reddish Egret

Egretta rufescens ORDER: PELECANIFORMES FAMILY: ARDEIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Near Threatened

A medium to large heron of shallow salt water, the Reddish Egret comes in a dark and a white form. It is a very active forager, often seen running, jumping, and spinning in its pursuit of fish.

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At a GlanceHelp

Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
27.6–31.5 in
70–80 cm
Weight
24.7–30 oz
700–850 g
Other Names
  • Aigrette roussâtre (French)
  • Garza rojiza, Garza melenuda, Garza piquirrosa (Spanish)

Habitat


Marsh

Food


Fish

Nesting

Nest Placement

Tree

Behavior


Stalking

Conservation

status via IUCN

Near Threatened

This species is on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists species most in danger of extinction without significant conservation action.

Credits

  • Lowther, P. E., and R. T. Paul. 2002. Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens). In The Birds of North America, No. 633 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

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