Adult Little Egret (subspecies E. g. garzetta) at Padstow, Cornwall - May 2012
Local Name (Japan): Ko-sagi (コサギ) - "Small Heron"
Local Name (Malaysia): Bangau Kecil ("Small Heron")
Local Name (Spain): Garzeta común ("Common Egret")
Featured Subspecies: Egretta garzetta garzetta
The little egret is a recent colonist to this country, only establishing themselves in the last 15 years. I recall being incredibly surprised seeing a colony on the river Fal when I was a child, a number of them perched on a tree seemed incredibly exotic compared to their much more common relation the grey heron. As of this last year they've spread far enough North that I've had two sightings in Geddington along the river! They are seemingly more timid than grey herons in the UK at least, but the individuals I have encountered in other countries far less so. In Japan they are more commonplace than in the UK, where they still are largely found in the South of England.
Subspecies: E. g. garzetta, E. g. nigripes, E. g. immaculata, E. g. dimorpha
- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Common to Locally abundant Breeding Resident (9000 pairs) and Common Winter Visitor (41000 birds)
- Birds seen at Rutland Water, Oare Marshes, Elmley Marshes, Rainham Marshes, Eyebrook Reservoir and Geddington.
JAPAN - Locally common resident - subspecies P. c. hanedae. Mostly freshwater only, replaced on the coast by the Japanese Cormorant.
- KYOTO 2013 TRIP: Several seen on the Kamo River in Central Kyoto.
MALAYSIA - A locally common resident
SPAIN - Scarce and Local Resident- MADRID 2016 TRIP: Seen in Arrocampo.
Further Information: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, Arkive, BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List