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Reddish Egret (Egretta refuscens)

Reddish Egret Scientific name: Egretta refuscens
Common name (english): Reddish Egret
Common name (spanish): Garza Roja

The Reddish Egret is a medium sized heron (65-75cm) quite common in the Gulf cost of USA, Mexico and Caribbean. It is living on the coastal area like beaches, bays, mangroves and brackish water.

The Gorza Roja is an active bird. It spends most of its time in shallow water. It is finding is food in the water by forming with its wings, over its head, a protection from the light to reduce the glare on the water to be able to identify its prey (mainly fish).

The Reddish Egret has a pink bill with black tip, shaggy reddish feathers on the neck and a dark grey body. The immature are darker and the beak is dark grey with black tip. There is also another morph, all white.

Immature Reddish Egret

 
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