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					Animal Project on the Snowy
           Egret
       By Joshua Valdez
           The Snowy Egret
• An adult snowy egret is 20-27 inches long.
• Its wingspan is 38-47 inches.
• It weighs up to 13 ounces.
• Has a thin, smooth black bill and has yellow
  or orange feet.
• They are hunted for their fine white plumes
  for hats.
    Biome and Ecosystem of the
           Snowy Egret
• The snowy egret lives in marshes, swamps, ponds, lakes,
  shallow coastal areas and tidal flats; occasionally found in
  dry flats.(But they are mostly found in marshes and lakes)
• It lives by traveling in groups to eat food in shallow places
  along the coast.
• While feeding in shallow areas of ponds and marshes,
  snowy egrets use one foot to stir up the bottom, flushing
  prey into view. Snowy egrets will also hover, then drop to
  catch prey in their bills.
                   Food
• Snowy egrets eat many types of food. It eats
  fishes, shrimps, crayfish, fiddler crabs,
  snakes, snails, aquatic and terrestrial
  insects, small lizards, young frogs, and
  aquatic vegetation.
   Survival of the Snowy Egret
• They are currently protected, because they
  were once hunted for their fine plumes.
• They would still survive, only if people stop
  littering (mostly plastic) so they don’t eat
  those things or get choked by a 6-pack of
  soda cans.
   Movement & Transportation
• They move around using their feet, but
  when migrating, they fly quickly, at a height
  exceeding nearly 100 feet.
                Digestion
• Snowy egrets digest their food with their
  stomach. But it is not known what kind of
  acid helps digest the food.
          Excretory System
• The snowy egret’s excretory route/system is
  through their feathers.
             Reproduction
• The snowy egrets reproduce more chicks by
  making then waiting for the eggs to hatch.
• The eggs are greenish-blue, and oval
  shaped.
• The chicks leave the nest in 20-25 days,
  hopping on branches before leaving.
                  Conclusion
  Snowy egrets are medium sized birds, that were once
 hunted for their fine plumes. They live in many places,
but mostly freshwater and salt marsh habitats. It also eats
  many different things but they usually eat fish, insects
(mostly snails), small lizards, and young frogs. As I said
earlier in this paragraph, they were once hunted for their
plumes, but are now protected. They fly when migrating,
   and walk when searching for prey or traveling small
  distances. They digest with their stomach (of course),
but it is not known what acids/substances help digest the
 food. Their excretory route goes through their feathers.
They reproduce chicks with oval shaped eggs. This is the
     summed up information about the snowy egret.
                     Bibliography
• This Powerpoint used the following resources:
• http://www.birdzilla.com/pages/bow/snowy_egret/snowy_egret.htm
• http://dep.state.ct.us/burnatr/wildlife/factshts/snegret.htm
• Image- http://www.mbr-
  pwrc.usgs.gov/id/framlst/Photo/Images/h1970pi.jpg
• http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Egre
  tta_thula.html
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