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Little Egret

(Ardea [Egretta] garzetta)
Alternate name(s): "Lesser Egret", "Spotless Egret"
German name(s): "Seidenreiher"

Size: 55-65 cm; wingspan: 88-106 cm
Weight: 350-550 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Little Egret at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "garzetta"

ADULT

Sex unknown

BREEDING

Lateral view of a Little Egret in breeding plumage hunting from a rock platform; note the yellow feet which are characteristic of nominate race "garzetta", and the nuchal plumes at the back of the head (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Mallorca, Spain, May 2017]

Lateral view of a Little Egret in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[March 2017]

Lateral view of a Little Egret in breeding plumage, different posture (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[March 2017]

Lateral view of a Little Egret in breeding plumage stalking its prey (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[March 2017]

Lateral view of a Little Egret in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, May 2018]

Dorsal view of a Little Egret in breeding plumage; this bird may have a misshapen bill (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, April 2018]

Lateral view of a Little Egret in breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

NON-BREEDING

Near-frontal view of a Little Egret in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Lisbon, Portugal, April 2018]

Near-lateral view of a Little Egret stalking prey in shallow water on rocks; prominently visible in this photo is the bird's dull-yellow foot (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Oristano, western Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Lateral view of a Little Egret hunting in shallow water on rocks (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Oristano, western Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Lateral view of a Little Egret eyeing its prey in shallow water on rocks (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Oristano, western Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Little Egrets in non-breeding plumage in comparison with Great [White] Egrets (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Montargil, Alentejo, Portugal, August 2015]

Hard times for fish trapped in a stagnant pool of water: Little Egrets, Great [White] Egrets and Grey Herons gathered for an easy meal (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2015]

Lateral view of a Little Egret in non-breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Little Egret in non-breeding plumage banking sharply before landing (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, October 2018]

Race "nigripes"

Photos of Little Egrets, race "nigripes" ("immaculata"), were taken by us in Australia.

Behaviour

Little Egrets in non-breeding plumage hunting in a bunch (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2014]

Food, Diet

All egrets and herons prey on aquatic creatures in fresh water or estuaries (fish, frogs, snakes or crustaceans).

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