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Reddish Egret Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A fairly large, powerfully built but elegant heron. Reddish Egrets have long, sturdy legs, long necks, and thick, daggerlike bills. The feathers of the head and neck are often extended, giving a shaggy appearance.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Snowy Egret, smaller than a Great Egret.

    Relative Sizegoose or largergoose-sized or larger

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 27.6-31.5 in (70-80 cm)
      • Weight: 24.7-30.0 oz (700-850 g)
      • Wingspan: 45.3-46.5 in (115-118 cm)

Regional Differences

Most authorities recognize two subspecies: rufescens ranges from Florida and Texas southward through South America, and the darker dickeyi is restricted to western Mexico.