Today we continue with our 2017 Birdorable Bonanza by adding a new wading bird: the Reddish Egret! The Reddish Egret is a medium-sized species of heron found along coastal habitats in Central America and the southeast of the United States. They are... Read more »
Reddish Egrets are very active hunters. They feed in shallow salt water, hunting prey items by running, swooping, jumping, and turning around while pursuing prey items, which are typically fish.
Reddish Egrets have two color morphs. Dark birds have dark grey bodies with a reddish neck. The light morph has a mostly white plumage. Both types have pink at the base of the bill with a black tip.
Details & Statistics
The Reddish Egret is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species is classified as Near Threatened because despite its large range it occupies a restricted habitat and is patchily distributed. For this reason it is assumed to have a moderately small and declining global population.