Egrets have a global distribution, although most breeding takes place in warmer climates.
Also refer to Heron Photo Gallery
Please note: Breeding plumages and non-breeding plumages (commonly referred to as “eclipse plumage” often show distinct differences; in breeding birds the plumage is often more ornate / shaggy (such as the “snowy egret” below). The color of the lores (area between the bill), the bill itself and the legs may drastically change to be much brighter.
When trying to ID a bird find one that most resembles it and click on the image for more photos, which often include both breeding and non-breeding (and juvenile) plumages.
If you can’t find the bird that you want to ID on this page, please try the Ibis, Egret or Bittern species photo galleries, as these groups of birds share many physical similarities and can, therefore, be easily confused.