Talk about having a ‘bad hair day’!

It looks like the Snowy Egret might be singing “mama told me there’d be days like this.” It looks like the wind was blowing it’s ‘hair’ (feather plumes) up above it’s head.

However, that isn’t really what was happening. The actual explanation comes from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s website:

  • During the breeding season, snowy egrets acquire long filamentous plumes
    on the back, head and neck in both sexes. Birds can erect these plumes to dis-
    play their feathered finery to each other during courtship and to rivals in defense
    of their territories.

Not only do Snowy Egrets have these beautiful distinctive plumes if you look closely you will see that it has black legs but yellow feet.  How cool is that–it is the only one of these waterbirds with this feature.  So if you can see their feet and legs you can tell a Snowy Egret easily from other white egrets and herons.

Where can Snowy Egrets be found?


As can be seen on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology range map above, they can be found in many parts of the United States, though not in the more northern areas. These are waterbirds and are found around all types of water–ocean shores, lakes, rivers, wetlands, small ponds, mudflats, mangroves and even flooded agricultural fields.


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