Little Egret

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 25 November 2011
Scientific Name
Egretta garzetta
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Egretta
  • E. garzetta
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
21 to 26 inches
35 to 42 inches
12 to 19 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Garça-negra
Czech (Cesky) volavka stříbřitá
Danish (Dansk) Silkehejre
Dutch (Nederlands) Kleine Zilverreiger
Finnish (Suomi) silkkihaikara
French (Français) Aigrette garzette
German (Deutsch) Seidenreiher
Italian (Italiano) Garzetta comune
Japanese (日本語) コサギ (kosagi)
Korean (한국어) 쇠백로
Norwegian (Norsk) Silkehegre
Polish (Polski) czapla nadobna
Russian (русский язык) Малая белая цапля
Spanish (Español) Garceta Común
Swedish (Svenska) Silkeshäger
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