Little egret

Little egret

What they look like

The little egret is a small white heron with a long black beak and legs.

Animal facts

  • This species first appeared in the UK in the late 80s.
  • There is estimated to be a global population of up to 3 million individuals.

What they eat

Fish and crustaceans

Habitat

The little egret can be found in a number of freshwater habitats, including wetlands, shallow lakes, rivers and streams.

Where they live

This species has an extremely large range and is native to the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Asia.

Threats

This species is threatened by wetland degradation and loss of drainage for agriculture

Conservation Status
Least concern
Order
Pelecaniformes
Family
Ardeidae
Population
Increasing