Little Egret

Egretta 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.

SUMMARY

Overview

Little Egret: Medium-sized, all white egret with plumes on head, breast, and back. Legs are black with yellow feet. Black bill, and yellow lores. Nonbreeding adult lacks head and back plumes, has gray lores, and shows yellow on lower legs. Difficult to distinguish from Snowy Egret. Flight is direct.


Range and Habitat

Little Egret: A widespread species; can be found throughout southern Europe, southern Asia and Africa. Smaller populations can also be found in Australia. Never far from water and is usually found in large wetland areas, typically on mudflats and marshland, but it can also be found hunting in tidal estuaries or small streams.

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Little Egret SONGS AND CALLS

Little Egret F1

Harsh calls given in flight.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"croak"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • 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.
  • Association of the Little Egret with the Snowy Egret in the Caribbean during winter may account for its appearance in the Northeast. This is a similar situation to the colonization of Cattle Egrets in North America.
  • A group of egrets has many collective nouns, including a "congregation", "heronry", "RSVP", "skewer", and "wedge" of egrets.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Samira Belous

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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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