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
eBird Species page: eBird (Little Egret)

BirdLife International. (2016). Egretta garzetta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.