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SNOWY EGRET / LITTLE EGRET


by Adrian Binns 02/06

 

 

SNOWY EGRET
Egretta thula

Snowy Egret at Delaware Valley Birding Resources

LITTLE EGRET
Egretta garzetta

 

 

© A & J Binns

© A & J Binns
 

Size and Structure

24. Has a shorter neck and legs than Little Egret making it more compact

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Head Plumes

Loose tuft of shorter plumes on the hindcrown. In winter an adult usually shows a trace of this tuft

2 (sometimes 3) wiry plumes

 

Lores

Yellow with matching yellow iris

Bluish-gray lores

 

Bridge

The yellow of the lores connects across the forehead, forming a bridge of bare skin between the base of the bill and the crown feathering

Feathering begins at the base of the culmen

 

Bill

Very slight downward droop

Longer, thicker and straighter than Snowy

 

Throat Feathering

 

Shows a more extensive throat feathering out on the lower mandible

 

Feet

Yellow feet typically extend up the back of the tarsus to the tibia unlike most Littles.

Some juveniles have been seen to show this

 

Upper Mandible

Adult winter and juvenile Snowys usually show a darker upper mandible, that contrasts with a lighter lower mandible

 

 

Head Shape

Had a more rounded head with the peak being well forward

Forehead tends to slope back to a flatter crown that is peaked further back

 

Neck Feathering

Shorter neck with fuller lower neck feathering