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Medium, closer to Little than Great Egret; bill noticeably shorter, yellow; legs and toes black. Adult: Summer/ breeding: short breast plumes, long back plumes; bill black. Winter/non-breeding: bill yellow with blackish tip. It looks similar to the Great Egret, but is smaller, has a more rounded head and the orange bill is shorter and not so acute angled. The neck is about the same length as the body. In breeding plumage they have deep pink to red bill, blue-green facial skin and long breast plumes and long wing plumes extending beyond the tail.