|Breeding Plumage and Chicks|
Male and female Snowy Egrets look alike, with slender, white-feathered bodies, black beaks, black legs, and yellow feet. During the breeding season they have long plumes on their heads, backs, and necks. They stand about 2ft (61cm) tall and possess wingspans of around 3ft (92cm).
Snowy Egrets feed on crustaceans and fish. They hunt by stirring up the water with one foot, and then plunging down with their bill once prey emerges. Snowy Egrets breed once a year, and 3-5 eggs are laid in large, platform-like nests that are built either on the ground or up in trees. Both parents feed and care for the chicks. Interestingly, there is evidence that the Egret mates can only recognize one another while at the nest. When returning, a bird must do an elaborate ceremony to prove that they are not an intruder.
|Egret in Flight|