Little Egret

Scientific name: Egretta garzetta

Did you know: The Little Egret, a once rare visitor to the UK, has dramatically expanded its range and is now a familiar sight in many parts of the country!

What Do Little Egrets Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

Little Egrets are striking birds with a pure white plumage, contrasting black legs, and a sleek black beak. In the breeding season, they are adorned with elegant plumes on their head and neck, adding to their graceful appearance.

Differences Between Male and Female Little Egrets

Male and female Little Egrets are similar in size and colouration. However, females tend to be slightly smaller than males, a subtle difference that can be observed when the birds are seen side by side.

What Do Little Egrets Eat?

These birds are adept hunters, primarily feeding on fish, amphibians, and a variety of small aquatic creatures. They employ different hunting tactics, such as shuffling their feet to disturb prey or standing motionless before striking quickly with their beak.

Where Do Little Egrets Live? (Including Migration Info)

Little Egrets are found in a variety of wetland habitats, including marshes, riverbanks, and coastal areas. In the UK, they are now widespread and are often seen in both rural and urban settings near water. 

Their range has expanded significantly over recent years, and they are now a common sight in many parts of Europe and the UK.

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Little Egrets)

Little Egrets are not particularly melodic, but they are vocal, especially during the breeding season. Their calls are a mix of harsh squawks and softer croaks, often heard when they are alarmed or communicating with each other.

Fun Little Egret Facts (Kid Friendly)

  • Little Egrets use their bright yellow feet to stir up the water and catch fish.
  • They were once hunted for their beautiful feathers, which were used in fashion.
  • These birds can stand perfectly still for a long time, waiting to catch their prey.
  • In flight, they tuck their neck in, creating a unique S-shape.
  • Little Egrets have a wingspan of up to 95 cm, despite their small body size.

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Male
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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile

Facts About The Little Egret

Diet: Fish.
Bird Family: Herons, storks and ibises
Length: 55-65cm
Wingspan: 88-95cm
Weight: 350-550g
Scientific Name: Egretta garzetta

The Little Egret Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December