Data for:
Paraíso Caño Hondo

Pelecaniformes > Ardeidae

Reddish Egret

Egretta rufescens

Sign in to see your badges



An entertaining heron to watch as it sprints, jumps, and spins around in shallow water with wings held up as it forages for fish. Dark morph is more common than white morph. White morphs are similar to other egrets, but note behavior and grayish legs and feet. Always look for pinkish lores and base of bill, which can become shockingly bright in breeding season. Found near the coast, especially shallow saltmarshes and mudflats. Larger than Little Blue Heron. Note rusty tones on head of dark morph, lacking in adult Little Blue Heron. White morphs separated from immature Little Blue Heron by larger bill with pinkish base.



Sign in to see your stats

Weekly Bar Chart

Choose a region to view Weekly Bar Chart

Range Map

Large map


Top video

View all

Learn more about Reddish Egret from…

All About Birds

Your Online Guide To Birds And Bird Watching

Birds of North America

Comprehensive life histories of North American breeding birds

Neotropical Birds

Life histories of all species breeding in Mexico, Central America, and South America