Thursday, December 11, 2008

#4 Reddish Egret vs. #13 Western Grebe

Reddish Egret

  • Reddish Egrets are known for their “dancing” while they feed. They use their shadow of their wings to drive prey in front of them.
  • Reddish Egret populations where severely damaged during the 1800’s when they were hunted for their feathers. They were actually completely extirpated from Florida at one point.
  • Reddish Egrets nest in colonies with other herons that are typically located on coastal islands
  • Today, Reddish Egrets are threatened by the destruction of coastal habitat.
  • There are two forms of the Reddish Egret, White and Dark. While 2 dark phase adults can have white chicks, 2 white phase adults can never have a dark phase chick.

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Western Grebe

  • Western Grebes nest in large colonies consisting of hundreds of birds, typically on large inland lakes.
  • A group of grebes is known as a “water dance.”
  • Western Grebes are the largest North American grebe species.
  • Western Grebes build their nest on the water and hold it in place by attaching it to reeds.
  • Western Grebes are unable to walk on land due to the placement of their legs.

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