Jeff Wendorff's photography gallery of Egrets from the family, Ardeidae.

Egret Wiki
An egret is any of several herons, most of which are white or buff, and several of which develop fine plumes (usually milky white) during the breeding season.

Many egrets are members of the genera Egretta or Ardea which also contain other species named as herons rather than egrets. The distinction between a heron and an egret is rather vague and depends more on appearance than biology. The word "egret" comes from the French word "aigrette" that means both "silver heron" and "brush," referring to the long filamentous feathers that seem to cascade down an egret's back during the breeding season.

Several of the egrets have been reclassified from one genus to another in recent years: the great egret, for example, has been classified as a member of either Casmerodius, Egretta or Ardea.

In the 19th and early part of the 20th century, some of the world's egret species were endangered by relentless plume hunting. Hat makers in Europe and the United States demanded huge numbers of egret plumes, leading to the death of breeding birds in many places around the world.

Egrets Photographed
Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis
Great Egret, Ardea alba

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta
Reddish Egret, Egretta rufscens
Snowy Egret, Egretta thula


Collective Noun
There are several collective nouns for a group of egrets. Egrets, a colony, a congregation, a heronry, a RSVP, stand, a skewer, and a wedge. Does anyone agree that the obvious collective noun a plume is missing?

A group of Cattle Egrets is called a stampede!

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