Little Egret (Palau)

Egretta garzetta garzetta

Order

PELECANIFORMES

Family

Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)

Code 4

LIEG

Code 6

EGRGAR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Little Egret has a large range, estimated globally at 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to Australia, North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, this bird prefers forest, grassland, wetland, and marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 640,000 to 3,100,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Little Egret is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Little Egret (Palau): Medium-sized, all white egret with plumes on head, breast, and back, black legs with yellow feet, black bill, and yellow lores. Sexes are similar. Nonbreeding adult lacks head and back plumes, has gray lores, and shows yellow on lower legs. Juvenile resembles nonbreeding adult but lacks breast plumes and has mostly black legs. Difficult to distinguish from Snowy Egret.

 

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Little Egret (Palau) SONGS AND CALLS

Little Egret F1

"Kark" calls given in flight.

Little Egret P1

Repeated "kre" calls.

Similar Sounding

Great Egret E1

Flight call is a low-pitched "kraak".


Voice Text

"croak", "kre, kre, kre"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of egrets has many collective nouns, including a "congregation", "heronry", "RSVP", "skewer", and "wedge" of egrets.
  • At one time, the neck plumes of egrets were more valuable than gold.
  • The Little Egret starred in a BBC documentary that recorded the movement of permanent populations from the Mediterranean into the U.K. as a result of milder winters.
  • The neck plumes of egrets were once in demand for the decoration of hats. While they had been used for this purpose since the 17th century, it became a major craze in the 19th century.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

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Samira Belous

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BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
PlumesX
Large, conspicuous, showy feathers.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X