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Conservation Status:  Safe for Now - Protected

Land & AquaticSnowy Egret

Egretta thula Birds

Aquarium of the Pacific - Online Learning Center - Species Print Sheet

Snowy Egret
A nesting Snowy Egret. Many altricial chicks to take care of when these eggs hatch. | Courtesy of USFWS
Snowy Egret
Notice the black beak and partially yellow feet. | Courtesy of FermLab

Species Overview

Snowy egrets, wading birds, are medium-sized egrets with a delicate build. They are in the family of herons and storks and are often referred to as medium-sized herons. Like most herons they have long necks, aids in probing in shallow waters for food.

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At the Aquarium

These birds are not exhibited at the Aquarium; however, they are commonly seen foraging in waters near the Aquarium.

Geographic Distribution

US range: throughout the continental United States from northern California to Maine, and south to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.

Diet and Feeding

These birds are omnivores. Their main diet consists of worms, aquatic and terrestrial insects, small lizards, fiddler crabs, shrimps, crayfish, crustaceans, snails, vegetation, and fishes.

Longevity

Estimated life span is 2 to 16 years. They have lived to over 16 years in protected environments.

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Snowy Egret
A nesting Snowy Egret. Many altricial chicks to take care of when these eggs hatch. | Courtesy of USFWS