Little Egret

Egretta garzetta

(E. g. garzetta)

Armenian Name: Սպիտակ փոքր տառեղ
Species Status: Threatened Species - Species of Special Concern
Little Egret

See Plate 4 for Little Egret and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:53-65 cm, Wing Span:88-95 cm
Distribution Map: Map 16.
Adult (Breeding): Conspicuous loose plumes behind head, from back over tail, and from lower breast. Prominent black bill and legs, yellow feet. Lores yellow.
Adult (Non-breeding): Lacks plumes and has dark lores.
Juvenile: Lacks plumes on head, back, and breast. Lores blue-gray.
Similar Species: Differs from Great White Egret by markedly smaller size and black bill; from Cattle Egret by black bill and legs.
Behavior: Rarely solitary, seen in flocks of other wading birds. Avoids dense vegetation; hunts in open. Flies with neck folded into S-shape against back.
Habitat: Shallow wetlands, fish ponds.
Food: Fish, amphibians, insects.
Nest: Platform of sticks or reeds in tree or reedbeds.
Eggs: 46 mm, 3-5, green-blue.