Little Egret (Palau)

Egretta garzetta garzetta

Order

PELECANIFORMES

Family

Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)

Code 4

LIEG

Code 6

EGRGAR

ITIS

Egg Color:

Green blue



Number of Eggs:

5 - 6



Incubation Days:

21 - 25



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

On ground or in trees.



Nest Material:

Mainly sticks and plant stems.



Migration:

Some migrate



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General

Little Egret (Palau): 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.

Breeding and Nesting

Little Egret (Palau): Nests in colonies on ground or in trees. Lays five or six green blue eggs that both parents incubate for 21 to 25 days. Chicks make first flight when 40 to 45 days old.

Foraging and Feeding

Little Egret (Palau): Feeds along shorelines, in wet or dry fields, and may often follow cattle. Eats a wide variety of insects, small fish, crustaceans, amphibians and other small animals.

Vocalization

Little Egret (Palau): Generally silent, but does produce a harsh "croak." Also emits aggressive barks "kre, kre, kre."

Similar Species

Cattle Egret has dark gray legs and feet, and yellow bill. Intermediate Egret has black legs and feet. Great Egret is much larger.

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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