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Little Egret

Egretta garzetta

Description:

Is a small white heron, 55–65 cm long with an 88–106 cm wingspan, and weighs 350–550 grams. The subspecies garzetta has long black legs with yellow feet and a slim black bill. In the breeding season, the adult has two long nape plumes and gauzy plumes on the back and breast, and the bare skin between the bill and eyes becomes red or blue. Juveniles are similar to non-breeding adults but have greenish-black legs and duller yellow feet. has yellow feet and a bare patch of grey-green skin between the bill and eyes. Little Egrets are mostly silent but make various croaking and bubbling calls at their breeding colonies and produce a harsh alarm call when disturbed.

Habitat:

Its breeding distribution is in wetlands in warm temperate to tropical parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. In warmer locations, most birds are permanent residents; northern populations, including many European birds, migrate to Africa and southern Asia.

Notes:

Salty lakes in Playa Pinet, Santa Pola.

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Santa Pola, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Lat: 38.20, Long: -0.58

Spotted on Apr 30, 2012
Submitted on Apr 30, 2012

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