Reddish Egret

About the Reddish Egret

Also known as: Reddish Heron, Dickey's Egret
The Reddish Egret is a medium-sized species in the heron and egret family. They are found in coastal areas across much of Central America, along the Gulf Coast of the United States, and on islands in the Caribbean.

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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 30 November 2017
Scientific Name
Egretta rufescens
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Ardeidae
  • E. rufescens
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Conservation Status
Near Threatened (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
27.6 to 31.5 inches
24.7 to 30 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
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.

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 棕颈鹭
Czech (Cesky) volavka červenavá
Danish (Dansk) Rusthejre
Dutch (Nederlands) Roodhalsreiger
Finnish (Suomi) klovnihaikara
French (Français) Aigrette roussâtre
German (Deutsch) Rötelreiher
Italian (Italiano) Garzetta rossastra
Japanese (日本語) アカクロサギ [akakurosagi]
Norwegian (Norsk) Dansehegre
Polish (Polski) czapla rdzawoszyja
Portuguese (Português) Garça-vermelha
Russian (русский язык) Голубоногая цапля
Spanish (Español) Garceta Rojiza
Swedish (Svenska) rosthäger
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