Identifying White Egrets and Herons
"Standard" White Herons/EgretsGreat Egret
So of the three common white egrets, if it's a large egret, it's a Great Egret. If it's smaller with a dark bill and yellow feet, it's a Snowy Egret. If it's smaller with a yellow bill or orange feathers, it's a Cattle Egret. Simple enough? Well, let me complicate it a little.
Other Herons/EgretsImmature Little Blue Heron
There are three other species of herons and egrets that can appear all white: Little Blue Herons are all white when they are immature, and both Great Blue Herons and Reddish Egrets have white "morphs" that appear in Florida.
|Little Blue Heron
White Morph Great Blue Heron
|Great Blue Heron
White Morph Reddish Egret
The white morph of the Reddish Egret has a two-toned bill and dark grey legs, which should help you distinguish them from Snowy and Cattle Egrets, as well as immature Little Blue Herons.