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Snowy Egret Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Snowy egrets are a snow-white variety of heron. In this lesson, learn about the physical characteristics, habitat, diet, and life cycle of a snowy egret.

Snow-White Heron

If you've ever been to the beach, you've probably seen lots of different birds flying around. Some of these birds are most likely herons, which are a large group of coastal birds. One of the most beautiful types of herons is the snowy egret. Can you guess from its name what this bird looks like? It's a bird covered in beautiful snow-white feathers! Snowy egrets live throughout the continents of North and South America. Let's discover more information about these beach birds with a wintery name!

The snowy egret is a type of heron with snow-white feathers.
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Diet and Habitat

In order to understand the diet of a snowy egret, you need to study its habitat. Snowy egrets live in areas where there is water. They definitely love to hang out along the coast, but they also can be spotted in wetlands like swamps and marshes. You can probably figure out why snowy egrets love living near water - their favorite food is seafood! Snowy egrets enjoy a diet of mostly fish, although they also like other aquatic animals like shrimp.

This snowy egret is wading in the water to find food.
snowy heron

Snowy egrets have physical adaptations, or characteristics of their bodies, that enable them to catch food easily. They have long legs with bright yellow feet, and those feet are perfect for helping them find and gather small sea animals. They use their feet to push around the dirt under water, and this stirs up all kinds of tasty animals for them to eat.

Nesting and Life Span

Before even finding a mate, the male snowy egret starts building a nest. Snowy egrets build nests in colonies, or groups. Females finish building the nest before they lay on average two to six eggs at a time. After hatching, baby snowy egrets stay in the nest nearly two months and then they are ready to be on their own. Although their life span in the wild varies, they can live from two years to ten years or more. In fact, one snowy egret was recorded to have lived over 17 years.

Once snowy egrets leave their nesting colony, they can live for many years in the wild.
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