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Snowy Egret

Egretta thula

NATURAL HABITAT
The Snowy egret lives in marshes, swamps, ponds, lakes and coastal regions.

DIET
IN THE WILD – Reptiles, insects, small fish, fiddler crabs and other crustaceans
IN THE ZOO – Meat, fish, insects and grain

FASCINATING FACTS

  • Eggs are incubated by both adults.
  • Stir up bottom of water with one foot to make prey visible.
  • Evidence shows that egret pairs do not recognize each other except at the nest and must display an elaborate greeting ceremony in order to be known.
  • At the end of the nineteenth century, feathers were used to adorn women's hats and the high demand made them worth twice the price of gold at the time.