Snowy Egret


(Egretta thula)

Fun Fact: The male starts working on a nest before finding a mate, then the female takes over and ends up doing most of the work, with materials supplied by the male.

Diet: Aquatic animals including fish, frogs, worms, crustaceans, and insects.

Habitat: Fresh, salt, and brackish marshes, mangroves, and shallow bays, and lagoons.

Overview: Snowy egrets have whispy, curvy plumes, yellow feet, black legs, and a black bill. Their beautiful feathers nearly led to their extinction when they were hunted to make women’s hats in the 1800s. After the Lacey Act was passed in 1900, their population recovered.