Species Details

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Little Egret Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Egretta garzetta
Family : Ardeidae
Order : Pelecaniformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Wetlands
Description : The Little Egret is a slender, small white wading bird (adult bird length approximately 63 cm, weight 390 g, wing 28 cm, bill 8.5 cm, tarsus 10.4 cm, tail 10 cm). The male is a little larger than the female. It looks white overall with distinctive black legs and yellow feet. It feeds on small fish, amphibians, insects, crustaceans, worms, lizards, small mammals and even snakes. It is sometimes seen standing on one foot in shallow water. Little egrets are sociable birds often seen in small flocks. However, they become territorial at their feeding sites, depending on prey abundance. They nest in colonies with other wading birds, found in urban areas in western India, and in Europe with various associated species. Nests are built from sticks in trees, shrubs, reed beds, or bamboo groves. Sometimes they nest on cliffs in places like the Cape Verde Islands. Pairs defend a small breeding territory around 3 to 4 meters from the nest. Both adults incubate the three to five pale, non-glossy, blue-green eggs for 21 to 25 days. The young, covered in white down feathers, are cared for by both parents until they fledge after 40 to 45 days.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Jerome Fischer(www.xeno-canto.org/Jerome Fischer), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.