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Little Egret

Egretta garzetta

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Fairly common (range expanding north) in wide variety of wetlands, at lakes, along rivers, and in estuaries—almost anywhere with small fish. Occurs as singles or small loose groups; nests and roosts communally. Small snow-white heron with slender dark bill, blackish legs, and yellowish feet (or "golden slippers"). Breeding adult has 2 long wispy head plumes and spray of white plumes ("aigrettes") on lower back. Distinctive, but compare to larger Great Egret, stockier Cattle Egret (rare in northwest Europe).

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