Reddish Egret

Egretta rufescens




Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Pale blue green

Number of Eggs:

2 - 7

Incubation Days:

25 - 26

Egg Incubator:

Both sexes

Nest Location:

3 - 15 feet above ground in tree., Occasionally on ground.

Nest Material:

Sticks and grasses with little or no lining.


Some migrate



Reddish Egret: Medium-sized 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. Sexes are similar. Juvenile of both forms is duller, has black bill.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Reddish Egret: Two to seven pale blue-green eggs are laid in a stick nest built in a mangrove, low bush, or on the ground. Incubation ranges from 25 to 26 days and is carried out by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

Reddish Egret: Eats fish, frogs, and crustaceans. Forages by wading rapidly in shallow water with wings raised, casting a shadow to cut down on glare.


Reddish Egret: Makes low croaks and soft clucking notes on nesting grounds.

Similar Species

Reddish Egret: Tricolored Heron has a white belly and white line down throat, and is slightly smaller.

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