Bare-part colour of Snowy and Little Egrets

The editorial comment which followed G. J. Oreel's letter on field identification of Snowy Egret Egretta thula (Brit. Birds 72: 128-129) was over-simplified and may be misleading. We hope that the following points will clarify the situation. The bare facial skin of Little Egret E. garzetta is grey, tinged green, becoming orange at the start of breeding


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