BIRD OF THE WEEK — REDDISH EGRET— PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

BIRD OF THE WEEK: 

REDDISH EGRET

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Egretta rufescens
POPULATION: 5,000-7,000
TREND: Declining
HABITAT: Shorelines and shallow saltwater flats

The Reddish Egret is one of the rarest egrets in North America. It’s easily distinguished from other egrets and herons by its shaggy appearance, hyperactive feeding behavior, and pink-and-black bill.

Reddish Egrets, Larry Thompson

Reddish Egret numbers in the U.S. were decimated by plume hunters in the 19th century, and populations never fully recovered. Like Snowy and Wilson’s Plovers, this species is dependent on coastal habitats for successful foraging and breeding—the same areas that are vulnerable to sea level rise caused by climate change. Habitat loss is another problem for this bird.

 

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