Little Egret

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Little Egret
Nominate subspecies in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Egretta
Species: E. garzetta
Binomial name
Egretta garzetta
(Linnaeus, 1766)
Subspecies

E. g. garzetta
E. g. immaculata
E. g. nigripes

Egretta garzetta egg

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The Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) is a small white heron. It is the kind counterpart to the very similar birds.

Description[change | edit source]

The adult Little Egret is 55–65 cm long with an 88–106 cm wingspan, and weighs 350–550 grams. Its plumage is all white. The subspecies garzetta has long black legs with yellow feet and a slim black bill. In the breeding season, the adult has two long nape plumes and gauzy plumes on the back and breast, and the bare skin between the bill and eyes becomes red or blue. Juveniles are similar to non-breeding adults but have greenish-black legs and duller yellow feet. has yellow feet and a bare patch of grey-green skin between the bill and eyes. The subspecies nigripes differs in having yellow skin between the bill and eye, and blackish feet.

Little Egrets are mostly silent but make various croaking and bubbling calls at their breeding colonies and produce a harsh alarm call when disturbed.