Little egret at water's edge (c) Jeff Lack

Little egret

Little egrets inhabit the margins of coastal and inland water habitats, preferring open areas with shallow fresh water. They are usually solitary except when roosting in trees or flying to roost. The liveliest hunters among the herons, they feed chiefly by walking through water and snapping at prey, or by running and agitating the water with their feet to disturb prey. They are colonial nesters, building near water, in trees and bushes or sometimes on rocks or cliffs. Colonies range from a few hundred nests up to a couple of thousand. usually in association with other herons.

Scientific name: Egretta garzetta

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Little egret taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Little egret can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, Australia, China, Europe, Indian subcontinent, Mediterranean, United Kingdom, Wales, Ynys-hir nature reserve. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Little egret distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


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