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Snowy Egret

The snowy egret (Egretta thula) is an entirely white feathered, medium-sized wader that is commonly found near large inland and coastal wetlands. It sustains itself by feeding on small fish and other small vertebrates as well as invertebrates caught by stalking. Snowy egrets also stir the mud with their feet to flush out prey. With its medium long S-shaped neck and dark legs with yellow feet, the species is easily mistaken for its cousin, the great egret (Casmerodius albus). The two can be distinguished by their difference in size and coloration of their bill; the snowy egret is half the size of its cousin and has a black bill, whereas the great egret has a yellow bill.
Image credit: Will Elder, NPS