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: nigripes (uncommon), garzetta (common)

Size: 55-65 cm

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, Pacific Reef Heron, Chinese Egret, Eastern Cattle Egret

Habitat: Various freshwater and coastal wetlands.

Behaviour/Ecology: Less active feeder than Chinese Egret.

Local Status: Common migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Any 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

BirdLife International. (2016). Egretta garzetta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.