No.148 Little Egret Egretta garzetta L=61cm Rank : 1

Most common egret among pond herons and egrets at Asakawa River basin. Sometimes the species form flocks from several dozen to more than one hundred. Often seen mixed in with flocks of Great Egrets, when the size difference is apparent. Although the species sometimes form colonies, they are not permanent and easily variable.
Yellow feet are distinguishing marks from Great and Intermediate Egrets whose feet are black. During breeding season, long plumes droop from nape. Feeds on small fish in streams, sometimes kicking out preys wiggling its feet in the water.

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Adult; Winter plumage

In Flight