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The reddish egret (Egretta rufescens) is named for its reddish neck. However, there are two distinct colour morphs. The adult dark morph has a slate blue body and reddish head and neck with shaggy plumes. The adult white morph has entirely white body plumage. Both have a distinctive long pointed pinkish bill with a black tip. A resident breeder in Central America, The Bahamas, the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast of the United States, and Mexico, it eats fish, frogs and crustaceans. When it hunts, it races back and forth in the shallow water, often spreading its wings wide and flapping them. Sometimes it will curve its wings forward around its body to make a canopy that casts shade on the water. When prey swims towards the shady spot, it quickly snatches them up. This is similar behaviour to the canopy feeding of the African Black Heron.
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