They were hunted for these plumes and this reduced the population of the species to dangerously low levels. Snowy Heron, or White Egret. The lores of Snowy Egrets during the nonbreeding season are a bright lemony yellow, during the breeding season their lores become pink to salmon colored. I’m good now on the learning-something-new-every-day thing now . Snowy Egret with Golden Slipper showing – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 360mm, natural light. The lores, the space between the bill and the forward edges of the eyes, are yellow during the nonbreeding season and during the breeding season their lores become a bright lime green, I’ve even seen the lores look almost turquoise blue so there is some color variation of their lores. The genus title comes from the Provençal French for the little egret aigrette, a diminutive of aigron, “heron”. The Great Egret (Casmerodius albus / Ardea alba) is a large egret with a global distribution. Snowy Egrets are smaller with a more slender bill than Great Egrets. This beautiful species is a constant resident in Florida and Louisiana, where thousands are seen during winter, and where many remain during the breeding season. During the breeding season Great Egrets develop long plumes that are visible on their backs and over their tails but not on their heads. Great Egrets have long black legs and feet. Of course you don't. It is also known as the Great White Egret, the American Egret, the Large Egret or Common Egret.Previously, it was also referred to as the Great White Heron, leading to confusion with the white morph (form) of the larger, closely related Great Blue Heron.. Want to have an email notification land in your inbox right after I publish a post? Do not download, display, PIN, print, hotlink, reproduce or use my images without my permission. Little Egret vs. Great series of shots. I hope you get your wish. Some of the Birds I love at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Wild and Wonderful – Antelope Island State Park – The Scenery, Wild and Wonderful – Antelope Island State Park – The Birds, Wild and Wonderful – Antelope Island State Park – The Wildlife, Journey to Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge – an Oasis in the West Desert of Utah, Great Egret – Snowy Egret Size and Appearance Comparison, Photographing An Immature Ferruginous Hawk Hunting For Breakfast, Focusing On Adult Male Rough-legged Hawks, Adult American Robin Gobbling Down A Crabapple – Thanksgiving 2020, Hen And Drake American Wigeon Pair Close To Home, Autumn American Bison Bull And The Great Salt Lake, Powerful pic of a powerful beastie. The snowy egret is much smaller than the great egret. Such great shots too. Otherwise you'd be visiting one of those other "more professional" bird blogs where "experts" "know what they're talking about" and aren't "ignorant". Little egrets are seen with increasing regularity over a wider area and have been observed from Suriname and Brazil in the south to Newfoundland, Quebec and Ontario in the north. Of course you're not, you are only a casual consumer of bird knowledge. Interesting and so beautiful – as always! This photo doesn’t show the wing span of either egret but the wing span of Great Egrets is about 51 inches and Snowy Egrets are 36 inches. Gnatcatchers, Kinglets, Dippers and Others, Mockingbirds, Thrashers, Catbirds, Starlings and Pipits, Waxwings, Longspurs and Silky-Flycatchers. In eastern North America, snowy egrets winter along the Gulf Coast and in Florida, as well as north along the Atlantic Coast to New Jersey. Quite often I see confusion about whether a large white wading bird is a Great Egret or a Snowy Egret so this morning I thought I’d share some Great and Snowy Egrets I took precisely nine years ago today that might help with size and appearance differences of these two wading birds. The snowy egret, scientific name Egretta thula is a small white heron. Love the comparison between the two egrets; the images are terrific. Great Egrets are solid black on legs and feet. Copyright Mia McPherson | All Rights Reserved. There are visible differences though in the legs, feet, bills, lores and plumage that do help to identify these two wading birds. Submit your email address below and it will happen! https://amateurnithologist.blogspot.com/2014/01/different-birds-c… I didn’t fealize that the differences between these two birds were so many or so striking…this posting was very informative and very interesting…plus great shots of the birds, too. Bill and feet color are the keys to separate them. Thank you for this. Beautiful bird ain't it? Really interesting — thanks, Mia! Such a pretty bird. Click here when you're ready to find out if you got it right! Snowy Egret – Great Egret size comparison – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 360mm, natural light. During the nonbreeding season both the maxilla (upper mandible) and mandible (lower mandible) are yellow and during the breeding season the maxilla can be much darker, almost black, while the mandible remains primarily yellow but can look orange-yellow. What a treasure! I really hope it. In this article, I am going to talk about Snowy Egret vs little blue heron, vs little egret, vs great egret… Birds on the east coast of North America are thought to have moved north with snowy egrets from the Caribbean. American bison have always held a…, It would be nice to have both golden eye and mergansers around…. Different Birds: Cattle Egret vs. , Thanks for this lovely lesson. Also during the breeding season Snowy Egrets develop lacy plumes on their scapulars and unlike Great Egrets they also develop lacy plumage on their necks and heads which then appear to be crests. Outstanding! A Great Egret has a yellow bill and black legs. At one time, the plumes of the snowy egret were in great demand as decorations for women's hats. Meanwhile, the body length of little egret is around 60 centimetres with a wingspan of about a metre, and the body weight lies between 300 grams. Great Egrets are larger than Snowy Egrets by about 15 inches, Great Egrets are approximately 39 inches in length compared to Snowy Egrets at 24 inches, Great Egrets are about 1.9 pounds where Snowy Egrets weigh in at about 13 ounces.