Little Egret

Scientific Name: Egretta garzetta
Malay Name: Bangau Kecil
Chinese Name: 白鹭

Widespread throughout the Palearctic and Australia with most northerly populations winter to Africa, southern Europe, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, southern China and Southeast Asia.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: garzetta, nigripes

Local Subspecies: garzetta (common), nigripes (uncommon)

Size: 55-65 cm

Identification: Non-breeding adult shows all-white plumage, black legs (with yellow feet for garzetta) and mostly blackish bill. In transition to breeding plumage, has white plumes behind head. Juvenile resembles non-breeding adult but has greenish legs.

Similar looking species: Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Eastern Cattle Egret, Chinese Egret, Pacific Reef Heron

HabitatVarious freshwater and coastal wetlands.

Ecology/Behaviour: Less active feeder than Chinese Egret.

Local Status: Common migrant

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (IUCN 3.1)

LocationAny patch of suitable habitat such as Sungei Buloh, Lorong Halus, Mandai Mudflats and Seletar Dam.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia