Friday, November 5, 2010

Snowy Egret at Busch Gardens Tampa

Snowy Egret

The Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) is another graceful bird species in the Egret family of wading birds. Smaller in size than both the Common Egret and Great White Egret, Snowy Egrets achieve an average height of 22 to 26 inches, with a wingspan just over 3 ft. Snowy Egrets can be distinguished among the Egret family of wading birds by its exquisite "Snow White" plumage. The Snowy Egret can also be distinguished from other Egrets in this related family of wading birds by its smaller stature, black bill, and yellow feet. Also during mating season - by its yellow lores (the area around the upper mandible) which turns a reddish color during courtship.

Photograph by Craig at Busch Gardens Tampa

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn

1 comment:

Sandi McBride said...

The Egrets are among my most favorite bird families. What a handsome fellow! Thanks so much for the various lovely photos you share!