snowy egret


Definition of snowy egret

: a white American egret (Egretta thula) having a slender black bill, black legs, and yellow feet

Examples of snowy egret in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Victorian taste for big hats with plumage led to near extinction of the Everglades’ snowy egrets and other wading birds, with more than five million birds killed annually by 1900. Nina Burleigh, New York Times, "Tears for the Magnificent and Shrinking Everglades, a ‘River of Grass’," 27 Jan. 2020 Great egrets and snowy egrets, along with blue herons, and the inevitable coot, seem to be year-round residents. Tom Stienstra,, "80-mile Bay Trail inches closer to reality," 30 Jan. 2020 Feathered friends: Over the years there has been Ahab the one-legged Heermann’s gull, Sylvester the night heron, Wee Willie the snowy egret, Nasty the blue heron, Big Ernie the giant egret and many others. Tom Stienstra,, "A Sunday getaway to the “Bird Show” at Loch Lomond Harbor," 22 Dec. 2019 The American avocet continued at Forest Beach in Chatham, where birders also noted a marbled godwit, 20 snowy egrets, and a glossy ibis., "Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Sept. 17) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.," 24 Sep. 2019 There was a paddling of ducks drifting about, a single cormorant, a great blue heron watching from a nearby eucalyptus tree, a snowy egret and a couple of juvenile night herons pocking around at the water’s edge. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Making friends at pond in Escondido’s Kit Carson Park," 12 Oct. 2019 Birds that spend their winters in Florida, such as the snowy egret, often contract the disease when bitten by infected mosquitoes, then migrate in the spring to Connecticut and other New England states. Gregory B. Hladky,, "Climate change linked to the spread of mosquito-borne viruses like EEE," 28 Sep. 2019 Hello, snowy egrets, and welcome to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, Week of April 5," 5 Apr. 2019 Two islands off the Milford and Westbrook shorelines have been closed to the public to protect key nesting habitat for snowy egrets, great egrets, glossy ibis and little blue herons, state environmental officials announced Wednesday. Gregory B. Hladky,, "Islands Off Milford, Westbrook Closed To Protect Nesting Birds," 23 May 2018

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1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Snowy egret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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