Native Animals

Egretta garzetta

Little Egret
LC
Least Concern
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
ver 3.1, 2016
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SSN 21377
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Taxonomy

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Description

Egretta garzetta or commonly known as Little Egret is a striking and elegant member of the heron family. Differs from other egrets, this species has small size and slender build body (Strange & Jeyarajasingam, 1993). It can also be identified by its pure white feathers with a very thin, sharp-pointed black bill, sinuous neck and long, black legs. The Little Egret inhabits shallow, fresh, brackish and saline water bodies such as ponds, lakes, marshes and others. It feeds mainly during the day whilst walking through shallow, open water, hunting and stabbing its prey with its long bill. Its diet primarily consists of small fishes but also includes bivalves, crustaceans, and other invertebrates.

During breeding season, the breeding adults develop two long, slender nape plumes and a beautiful gauzy plumage around the breast and back while the bare skin between the bill and eyes becomes red or blue. While during the non-breeding season, the Little Egret virtually appears with a black bill and black legs with yellow toes. The juveniles are similar in appearance to the non-breeding adults but have less striking colouration on the feet and around the eyes.

Habits

  Part Habit
 
Solitary   —   Single only.

Assessment

Year Published Assessment Red List Category Version
2016 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Least Concern (LC)
3.1
2015 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Least Concern (LC)
N/A
2014 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Least Concern (LC)
N/A

Structure

Beak / Bill
Color
 
Black

Location

by State Location
  • Johore 6
  • Kedah 1
  • Pahang 1
  • Penang 1
  • Perak 1
  • Sarawak 1
  • Terengganu 1
  • Federal Territories of Putrajaya 2
Based on publications, specimens, and images

Biodiversity Experts

Profile
Abdul Rahman (Mr.)
Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN)
  • Birds
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  • Conservation
  • Ecosystems
  • Environment
  • Forest
  • Protected Areas
  • Wildlife Trade
  • PM
Azmi Mat Ali (Mr.)
Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN)
  • Birds (Taxonomy)
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Wildlife Trade
  • PM
Farah Shafawati Mohd Taib (Dr.)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Rodents
  • Treeshrews
  • Squirrels
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Data Analysis
  • Ecosystems
  • Taxonomy
  • PM
Ismail Bin Hj. Mamat (Mr.)
Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN)
  • Birds
  • Biodiversity
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  • Invasive Alien Species
  • PM
Meor Amran Bin Meor Zulkifilee (Mr.)
Birdgroup Taman Negara (BGTN)
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  • Forest
  • Management
  • Tourism
  • PM
Mohammad Shahfiz Azman (Mr.)
Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
  • Amphibians
  • Mammals
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  • Awareness
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  • Environment
  • Forest
  • Landscape
  • Law and Policy
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  • PM
  • SBH
  • SWK
  • SEA
Mohd Abdul Muin Bin Md Akil (Mr.)
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
  • Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Snakes
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Molecular
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Rahmah Binti Ilias (Mrs.)
Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN)
  • Birds
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  • PM
Rosli Hashim (Prof. Dr.)
University of Malaya (UM)
  • Birds (Ecology)
  • Mammals (Ecology)
  • Spiders
  • Insects
  • Biodiversity
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  • PM
  • W
Rosli Ramli (Assoc. Prof. Dr.)
University of Malaya (UM)
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  • Birds
  • Biodiversity
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  • Marine & Coastal
  • PM
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Syaizwan Zahmir Zulkifli (Dr.)
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
  • Birds (Ecology)
  • Fishes (Ecology)
  • Molluscs (Ecology)
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Ecosystems
  • Marine & Coastal
  • Water
PM - Peninsular Malaysia; SBH - Sabah; SWK - Sarawak; SEA - Southeast Asia; W - World;

References

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Book
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Report
  1. Laporan Inventori Hidupan Liar Putrajaya 2019. Kementerian Air, Tanah dan Sumber Asli (KATS) dan Jabatan Perlindungan Hidupan Liar dan Taman Negara Semenanjung Malaysia (PERHILITAN), Malaysia. — [ Adobe PDF (PDF) ]
  2. Laporan Program Kajian Inventori dan Pengurusan Hidupan Liar Tahun 2017, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya. Perbadanan Putrajaya & PERHILITAN, Malaysia.
Unpublish
  1. Checklist of Biodiversity of Setiu (2019)

Acknowledgements :- Mr. Abdul Razak Mohd Nor Rasid, Mr. Ahmad Amir Firdaus Bin Mad Apandi, Ms. Aida Salihah Binti Abu Bakar, Ms. Ajla Rafidah Baharom, Mr. Allen Jeyarajasingam, Ms. Amirah Hasanah Binti Mazlan, Mrs. Aziemah Binti Kinan, Mr. Badrul Amin Bin Jaffar, Ms. Intan Nazira Binti Abdul Sani, Mr. Muhammad Izzuddin Bin Hazan, Ms. Norayuni Binti Ramlee, Ms. Norazah Binti Norddin, Mrs. Nur Hazwanie Binti Abd Halim, Ms. Nurfadzilah Bt Azmi, Ms. Nurfarhana Hizan Binti Hijas, Ms. Nurliyana Binti Abd Rahman, Ms. Nursyafiqa Madzlen, Ms. Siti Zubaidah Binti Abdul Latif, Mr. Tan Kok Kiat & Mr. Yasser Mohamed Arifin

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