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.
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.
BirdLife International. (2016). Egretta garzetta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T62774969A86473701.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.