|Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)|
- The Egret part in Little Egret is not technically true as this bird is actually part of the heron family.
- It has white plumes on its head, back and chest with black legs and bill and yellow feet. It also has orange eyes.
- It is an amber status bird as it is a rare breeding species with only 660-740 (we don't know for sure how many it actually is.) Also over winter there are only 4,500 birds in the UK.
- The best time to see them is in the Winter as birds that stay in the UK all year round are joined by others from the rest of the continent. You can also figure out from the numbers above that this is true as well as there are only about 700 breeding pairs meaning there are about 1,400 breeding birds.
- The best place to see them is along South and East coasts of England. Another good place to see them is all over Wales. Also the estuaries of Devon and Cornwall; Poole Harbour and Chichester Harbour hold some of the largest colonies. East Anglia is also a common place to see them.
- They eat a varied diet including fish, molluscs, insects and small mammals and birds!
- They are 60cm long with a 92cm wingspan. Both male and female birds weigh 450g which is a fairly small size for a heron but then again it is the Little Egret.
- Their first UK sighting was in East Yorkshire 1826 and their first breeding record was in Dorset 1996.
Here are some links to some more information
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