Little Egret


Hindi name: Karchhiya bagula

This white bird can easily be identified with a slender black beak, long black legs.

 How does the bird appear…

It has white plumage. The bill is long and slender and it and the lores are black. Legs are black and feet are yellow. There is an area of greenish-grey bare skin between bill and eyes. Breeding adult shows two long plumes on the nape that form a crest.

No-breeding adult and juveniles have greenish-black legs and duller yellow feet.

 Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It habitat varies widely. It inhabits lake shores, pond, canals, lagoons, marshes, flooded lands, mangrove areas, swamps, mudflats, sandy beaches and reefs.


It feeds mainly on fish but also takes amphibians, crustaceans, molluscs, insects, spiders and worms.

 Breeding & Nesting

It breeds during spring and summer. It breeds in mixed species colonies. The nests are platforms of sticks built in trees or shrubs, or in reed beds or bamboo groves.

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