Species FAQs

Q. Are all Reddish Egrets “reddish”?

A. Good question! Actually, no, they are not. There are white Reddish Egrets as well as “reddish”.

Q. What do I do if I see a banded Reddish Egret?

A. Report it to us using the “Report” tab above! More info on banding can be found on the Banded Egrets page

Q. How can you tell a Reddish Egret from a Little Blue Heron?

A. The adult Little Blue Heron has less reddish neck and head, sleeker neck feathers, and a bluish-grey (not pink) base to the bill. Another way to tell them apart is by watching their foraging techniques. If the bird is extremely active and all over the place in its technique, it’s a Reddish Egret.


Red and White morphs REEGS together


As we approached the next island, I saw twenty or thirty pairs of Herons, some of which were pure white, others of a light blue colour, but so much larger than the [Little] Blue Heron, Ardea coerulea, that I asked the pilot what they were, when he answered, “the very fellows I want to shew you, and you may soon see them close enough, as you and I will shoot a few by way of amusement.” Before half an hour had elapsed, more than a dozen were lying at my feet. Some of them were as white as driven snow, the rest of a delicate purplish tint, inclining to grey on the back and wings, with heads and necks of a curious reddish colour. . .
-John James Audubon, 1843: 140–141, The Birds of America