Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
The snowy egret (Egretta thula) is often found wading
in shallow estuarine water in search of prey.
The snowy egret, named for its bright white plumage, is a year-round resident in South Carolina. This wading bird is commonly mistaken for its cousin, the great egret (Casmerodius albus). The two can be distinguished by their difference in size and coloration of their bill; the snowy egret is half the size of its cousin and has a black bill, whereas the great egret has a yellow bill. The snowy egret is often found wading in shallow estuarine water (where rivers meet the sea) in search of prey. It feeds mainly on shrimp and fish, particularly mummichogs, mullet, and menhaden.