Scientific Name: Egretta garzetta
Malay Name: Bangau Kecil
Chinese Name: 白鹭
Range: Widespread throughout the Palearctic and Australia with most northerly populations winter to Africa, southern Europe, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, southern China and Southeast Asia.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: garzetta, nigripes.
Local Subspecies: nigripes (uncommon), garzetta (common)
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.
Behaviour/Ecology: Less active feeder than Chinese Egret.
Local Status: Common migrant and rare visitor
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Any patch of suitable habitat such as Sungei Buloh, Lorong Halus, Mandai Mudflats and Seletar Dam.
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Little Egret Egretta garzetta Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
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 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Little Egret. Retrieved on November 29, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/little-egret.