Reddish Egret

Egretta rufescens

Order

CICONIIFORMES

Family

Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)

Code 4

REEG

Code 6

EGRRUF

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Near Threatened

The Reddish Egret has a large range, estimated globally at 550,000 square kilometers. It prefers shallow coastal lagoons and estuaries, and occurs in coastal areas of Mexico, much of the Caribbean, parts of Central America, and the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. The global population of this bird is estimated between 15,000 to 30,000 individuals and has been declining in many parts of its range because of habitat destruction associated with development, and other factors. The small size of the population and recent declines have resulted in an IUCN conservation rating of Near Threatened.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Reddish Egret: Medium egret with blue-gray body and shaggy, pale rufous head and neck. Bill is pink with dark tip. Legs are blue-gray. White morph has all-white plumage, black-tipped pink bill, and black legs. Feeds on fish, frogs and crustaceans. Direct flight with buoyant steady wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Reddish Egret: Locally resident in extreme southern Florida and along the Gulf Coast to Texas; also occurs in coastal Mexico and the West Indies. Along the Pacific Coast, occurs from extreme southern California south. May occur farther north and farther inland during migrations. Preferred habitats include marshes, shallow bays, and lagoons.

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Reddish Egret SONGS AND CALLS

Reddish Egret A1

Calls are a series of low croaks and grunts.

Reddish Egret A2

Display calls and bill clattering from a pair.

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Voice Text

Generally silent

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Reddish Egret populations were devastated by commercial hunting in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when they were sought for their beautiful feathers.
  • According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, there are only 1,500 to 2,000 nesting pairs of reddish egrets in the United States.
  • While populations have been recovering during the past century, this species is now threatened by the degradation and destruction of its preferred coastal habitat.
  • A group of egrets has many collective nouns, including a "congregation", "heronry", "RSVP", "skewer", and "wedge" of egrets.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

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TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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