Little Egret breeding in Peninsular Malaysia

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“More from this extensive egret breeding site with an excess of 500 birds (hard to estimate upper limit, muddy area and was in my work shoes/clothes). They were Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta), Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia) and Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis) nesting together.

“Little Egrets, originally thought not to breed locally, have since been documented breeding a number of times. I have seen this previously, see: LINK.

“Quite a number of them with nests here.

“Top image shows breeding adult in flight. Image below top shows adult developing facial skin breeding plumage (note relatively long beak). Above images show breeding pair at nest (left) and mixed group of nesting Little Egrets with Intermediate Egrets and juveniles (right).”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
South Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Padi fields, extensive wetlands
30th March 2p12

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