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About the Little Egret

The Little Egret is a small white species of heron. Little Egrets live across Europe, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. They are very similar to the North American Snowy Egret.

Little Egrets can be recognized by their white plumage, their long black legs, and their yellow feet. During breeding season, adult birds have long fluffy plumes on the back of the neck and body.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 25 November 2011
Scientific Name Egretta garzetta
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Egretta
  • E. garzetta
Birdorable Family Egrets & Other Waders
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
21 to 26 inches
35 to 42 inches
12 to 19 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa Australia and New Zealand Oceania

International Names

  • Garça-negra (Brazilian)
  • volavka stříbřitá (Czech)
  • Silkehejre (Danish)
  • Kleine Zilverreiger (Dutch)
  • silkkihaikara (Finnish)
  • Aigrette garzette (French)
  • Seidenreiher (German)
  • Garzetta comune (Italian)
  • コサギ (kosagi) (Japanese)
  • 쇠백로 (Korean)
  • Silkehegre (Norwegian)
  • czapla nadobna (Polish)
  • Малая белая цапля (Russian)
  • Garceta Común (Spanish)
  • Silkeshäger (Swedish)

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