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Little Egret

(Ardea [Egretta] garzetta)
Alternate name(s): "Lesser Egret", "Spotless Egret"
Size: 55-65 cm; wingspan: 88-106 cm
Weight: 350-550 g

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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

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "garzetta"

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ADULT

NON-BREEDING

Frontal view of a mottled Little Egret in non-breeding plumage
[Qurm, December 2009]

Lateral view of a Little Egret in non-breeding plumage, with its head up
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

Lateral view of a Little Egret, with its neck showing the characteristic "kink"
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

In this dorsal view one can see signs of moulting
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

Little Egret stalking prey; prominently visible in this photo is the bird's turquoise-coloured foot
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

Dorsal view of a Little Egret in flight
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

Race "nigripes"

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

Food, Diet

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

Here is what happens when a Little Egret zooms in...
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

... next phase...

... the end of the line for an unfortunate frog
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

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