Medium-sized heron. Dark morph adult: reddish-brown head and neck covered in shaggy plumes. Pale eye and pale purple-gray lores. Thick, pink bill with dark tip. Gray-blue body and legs. Basic-plumaged dark-morph adult: similar to alternate adult, but shorter breast plumes, black legs and feet. Juvenile dark-morph: black bill and legs, no plumes. Brown lores and body. Black legs and feet. Alternate-plumaged white-morph adult: like dark-morph but all white plumage. Basic-plumaged white-morph adult: similar to breeding, but shorter plumes. White morph juvenile: white plumage, dark bill. No plumes. Intermediate plumage: usually like dark morph, but with scattered white feathers.
Length: 76 (cm) Wingspan: 117 (cm)
Low pitched, quiet groaning or grunting notes. Baaaaaahh.
Salt water and brackish marshes. Rare in freshwater wetlands.
Forages by chasing prey around while "dancing" and flapping wings.
Diet consists of fish, amphibians, crustaceans.
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Rare visitor to southern Californiaby Steven Mlodinow on June 22, 2010 at 03:47 pm
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The West Mexican race of Reddish Egret tends to be not as brightly colored (dark morph) as the race in the Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean. Additionally, the West Mexican race lacks a white morph and immatures often/always have yellow on the lores.by Steven Mlodinow on June 22, 2010 at 03:46 pm
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