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Little Egret

Egretta garzetta

There are around 12 species of egret, famous for their feathery plumes, or ‘aigrettes’, which grow during the breeding season.

measurements

Measurements

Size: 55–65cm
Weight: 280–710g

habitat

Habitat

Little egrets are found in fresh, brackish or saltwater wetlands throughout southern Europe, southern Asia, Africa and Australia.

diet

Diet

Little egrets have a varied diet of small fish, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans and insects.

behaviour

Breeding

They build their nests from sticks and reeds, often in colonies with their own or other species. Both parents help incubate the eggs for around 3 weeks and young fledge at around a month old.

threat

Conservation

Little egrets are not classed as endangered due to their large range and population size. However they are threatened in many areas by wetland loss and pollution.

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