snowy egret is related to the "Great White" Heron and the Great Heron.
And similar species include the Cattle Egret (shown here), Reddish Egret,
Little Blue Heron, and the Little Egret. Snowy egrets are also known as
the lesser egret, little egret, little snowy, little white egret and little
The nest, also referred to as a clutch, is
made from small sticks and twigs and set somewhere between 4-10 feet.
Using their nests as evidence, scientists believe that the snowy egret
are not far removed from reptiles. They breed once a year with other
herons, lining their nests with three to five eggs-greenish blue in color.
It takes 20-25 days after the chicks are hatched before they leave the
nest and begin exploring on their own. And their breeding population
levels still remain low because of their near extinction.
In the later 19th century, these birds were
hunted to nearly extinction for their plumes.
The birds hunt by using one foot to stir up
the mud and striking at prey. Sometimes they will even go as far
as hovering in the air and dropping in order to catch prey.