- Has 2 subspecies. As adults, one subspecies has black feet and the other has yellow feet.
- Is a sociable bird that is found in flocks and groups.
- They may attract prey by moving their yellow toes enticingly.
- Their white feathers were once highly desired in the fashion industry.
Animals — Aves (birds) — Pelecaniformes (pelecan relatives) — Aredeidae (herons)
Little egrets are a small species of heron. Their feathers are all white, and they have black beaks and legs. Two of the feathers on the napes of their necks are extended into long plumes.
They are social and are found in groups, sometimes small and sometimes large. They spend much of their time standing in shallow water or soft mud in search of food like small insects or frogs. They will then gather to roost in trees at night.
They are classified as “least concern” by the IUCN. They have a large, far spread population. This species was over hunted in the past for the plume trade, and is at risk from wetland destruction and contamination, but otherwise is doing well.
Habitat: It prefers shallow water and can be found in wetlands, rivers, pools, swamps, marshes and flooded meadows.
–Average weight: 0.3kg
–Average length: 0.8m
In the wild up to: 22 years
In captivity up to: 22 years
Diet: They are carnivores and so eat meat.They primarily eat small fish.
Distribution: Found in warm to tropical parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.