French: Aigrette roussâtre German: Rötelreiher Spanish: Garceta rojiza
J. F. Gmelin
Subspecies and Distribution
E. r. rufescens
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – SE USA in Florida (occasionally South Carolina#R) and Gulf coast, and E Mexico through West Indies to N Colombia and N Venezuela.
E. r. dickeyi
(van Rossem, 1926) – W Mexico along both coasts of Baja California and S to Sinaloa and (presumably this subspecies) to Oaxaca and Chiapas#R.
66–81 cm; 376–850 g; wingspan c. 117 cm. Polymorphic, with dark and white morphs, both of which somewhat variable; dark morph highly distinctive in having red-... read more
Considered to be generally quiet, but gives a soft “awh” while feeding and in greeting, “crog-crog... read more
Typically in shallow coastal waters, saltpans, open marine flats and along shore. Rarely recorded... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small marine and estuarine fish (e.g. minnows Cyprinodon, mullet Mugil, killifish Fundulus, ... read more
Almost year-round in Florida, with peaks in Nov–Jan (in S) and Feb–May (Florida Bay); Mar–Jun in Texas and Dec–Jun... read more
Pacific birds apparently sedentary, although records from California and Arizona. Population of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently treated as Near Threatened, with an overall population variously estimated at c. 5000 pairs or 10,000–20,000 mature individuals... read more
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