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A reddish egret walking in the water with its wings spread out.

Reddish Egret

The Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) is the rarest egret species found in North America. A medium to large heron of shallow salt water, the reddish egret comes in a dark and white form. The reddish egret is a very active forager, often seen running, jumping, and spinning in its pursuit of fish. They are mostly found in Central America, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and around the Gulf Coast of the U.S. They can appear to be “dancing” as they jump and weave back and forth with wings spread while hunting. Their habitat consists of coastal tidal flats, salt marshes, shores, and lagoons.

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