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.
Habitat: Various freshwater and coastal wetlands.
Ecology/Behaviour: Less active feeder than Chinese Egret.
Local Status: Common migrant
Conservation Status: Near Threatened (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Any patch of suitable habitat such as Sungei Buloh, Lorong Halus, Mandai Mudflats and Seletar Dam.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia