The reddish egret ( Egretta rufescens ) is a medium-sized heron . It is a resident breeder in Central America , The Bahamas , the Caribbean , the Gulf Coast of the United States , and Mexico .  There is post-breeding dispersal to well north of the nesting range. In the past, this bird was a victim of the plume trade .
Has a wide variety of feeding behaviors. Often very active, running through shallows with head tilted to one side, suddenly changing direction or leaping sideways. May stand still and partly spread wings; schools of small fish may instinctively seek shelter in the shaded area thus created. Also feeds more placidly at times.