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Snowy egret

The snowy egret (Egretta thula) is a small member of the heron family, Ardeidae, native to the Americas, where it has a widespread distribution. The bird forages for fish, frogs, crustaceans, insects and worms in marshes and shallow water habitats, applying various techniques to persuade the prey to reveal itself. A sociable species, it often forages in mixed species groups, and nests in the company of other herons and egrets. The bill is specially adapted for probing and stabbing.

This picture shows a snowy egret photographed at Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds, near San Rafael, California.

Photograph credit: Frank Schulenburg

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