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Little Egret

Egretta garzetta (Linnaeus, 1766)

Чепура мала | Малая белая цапля

2015-08-08
Zaporogie
© Viacheslav Kaistro

Description

Little Egret is very similar to Great Egret by exterior and coloring, but is almost twice less than it. All plumage coloring is snowy-white. At male in breeding plumage the nape has crest from two feathers; fluffed and extended mantle feathers form a magnificent train; at female these feathers are less developed. Bill is black, lores and eye-ring are bluish-black, legs are bluish-black. Eyes are bright yellow. The base of low mandible on juveniles is yellow. Sizes: wing 265-300, tail 95-120, tarsus 87-113, bill 78-92 mm.

References

"Птицы Казахстана" том 1. "Наука". Алма-Ата, 1960.

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