French: Aigrette garzette German: Seidenreiher Spanish: Garceta común
“in Oriente”; restricted to Malalbergo, north-eastern Italy
Subspecies and Distribution
E. g. garzetta
(Linnaeus, 1766) – Palearctic from Britain, Spain and NW Africa E to Korea and Japan; scattered in rest of Africa, Middle East, India and SE Asia, and in Philippines; also Barbados and recently Antigua#R. Perhaps in process of colonizing E USA.
E. g. nigripes
(Temminck, 1840) – Greater Sundas E through Wallacea to lowland New Guinea and Aru Is.
E. g. immaculata
(Gould, 1846) – W, N & E Australia and Tasmania; regular visitor in New Zealand.
55–65 cm; 280–710 g; wingspan 86–104 cm. Thin-bodied, medium-sized white or dark heron, with long, thin neck and bill, dark legs and yellow feet, and... read more
Rather vocal: gives “kre, kre, kre” or “kark, kark, kark” in aggression and flight, with an “aaah”... read more
Wide variety, frequenting all kinds of open wetlands, both ephemeral and permanent, with shallow... read more
Food and feeding
Highly opportunistic and swift to take advantage of local prey abundances, with birds feeding in one locality until prey capture sinks... read more
In Palearctic, mainly Mar–Jul, but season starts in Feb and eggs recorded as late as Sept in Israel; in tropical Africa, most laying... read more
Extensive post-breeding dispersal, between Jul and Sept in garzetta. Palearctic breeders... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Like other white egrets, seriously persecuted for plume trade (at was possibly even breeding in England during Middle Ages); during... read more
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