There are around 12 species of egret, famous for their feathery plumes, or ‘aigrettes’, which grow during the breeding season.
Little egrets are found in fresh, brackish or saltwater wetlands throughout southern Europe, southern Asia, Africa and Australia.
Little egrets have a varied diet of small fish, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans and insects.
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.
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.