Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Herons, Egrets and Bitterns :: Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Described by: Molina (1782)
Alternate common name(s): None known by website authors
Old scientific name(s): Leucophoyx thula


Mount Pleasant, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Jun 18, 2006 © William Hull  Laguna Niguel Regional Park, Orange County, California, USA - Mar 18, 2007 © William Hull  Siesta Key, Sarasota County, Florida, USA - Jun 2, 2001 © William Hull  Moss Landing, Monterey County, California, USA - Apr 14, 2006 © William Hull  Siesta Key, Sarasota County, Florida, USA - Sep 10, 2004 © William Hull 
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United States, Central America and South America;
(1) Sw. United States and nw. Mexico (Baja and the nw. coast).
(2) From about 42N to 40S: United States from n. Long Island and n. California, n. Nevada, se. Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, c. Kansas c. Oklahoma, Texas and in the e. from s. Canada in s. Ontario and Nova Scotia, New England s. in the Great Basin, in the Mississippi River Valley, along both coasts and the Gulf coast, Mexico along both coasts, West Indies, Belize (Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary), Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad, Tobago, Guyana, Surinam, Guiana, Brazil (Bahia, Chapada Diamantina and Parana, Rio Iguazu), w. and c. Ecuador, Galapagos, w. and ne. Peru, c. Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay s. to c. Chile (Valdivia and Chiloe Is.) and c. Argentina (Cordoba, w. Mendoza, Buenos Aires and ne. Rio Negro).
Disperses to Tristan da Cunha.
North America n. of the Mexican border
Summer: NYK (Long Island), coastal NJY, DEL, MYD, VIR, NCA, SCA and inland through s. GEO, FLA, s. ALA, s. and w. MIS in the Mississippi Valley from s. and e. LOU, e. ARK, w. TEN, ex. s. MOU, e. TEX to sc. OKA. In the w. w., c. and sc. CAL, n. from c. ARZ to NEV, ne. CAL, se. ORG, s. IDH, UTH, sw. and ex. s. WYO s. through c. COL and NMX to w. TEX;
Winter: coastal s. NJY, DEL, MYD, VIR, NCA, SCA, GEO, ALA, MIS, LOU, TEX and throughout FLA. In the w. from ex. sw. ORG, coastal CAL and in the Sacramento, San Jonquin and Colorado River Valleys of CAL and sw. ARZ.


Siesta Key, Sarasota County, Florida, USA - Jun 2, 2001 Source: William Hull
Description: Bird is walking along the edge of the surf.

Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve, Orange County, California, USA - Jul 30, 2001 Source: William Hull
Description: Bird is feeding by filtering water through its beak.

Siesta Key, Sarasota County, Florida, USA - Feb 19, 2002 Source: William Hull
Description: Bird is running around chasing prey in shallow water.


No sounds are available for this species


Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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