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Snowy Egret

Egretta thula

The Snowy Egret epitomizes the ‘active’ feeder. They use their bright yellow feet to disturb hidden prey into the open, where they then become vulnerable to their attack. These showy waders range throughout South America, but in North America they are year-round residents on the mid-Atlantic coast and south along the gulf coast to Costa Rica. On the Pacific coast they are resident in California along the coast and in the Central Valley. In the interior USA, some birds wintering as far south as Mexico migrate north to the Great Basin, the middle Rio Grande and lower Colorado River valleys, and the mid-West.

In Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia there lives a similar looking bird called the Little Egret.

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