Naveena Mohan’s video of the Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) was taken in September 2012 at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in the northern part of suburban Mumbai city in Maharashtra State, India.
The video clip shows the lone egret feeding on top of a tree “I wasn’t sure if it was catching insects or feeding on some flowers or seeds on top of the tree,” wrote Naveena. “It was interesting to watch it swallow whatever it was feeding on.”
However, Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS has this to say: “Looks like the egret is actually eating fruit, especially from the way it shakes the neck to help the berries go down.”
According to Martinez-Vilalta & Motis (1992), Little Egret eats mainly small fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects. Less commonly, it also eats small birds, amphibians, reptiles, spiders, molluscs and worms. There is no mention of fruits. If it can be shown that the egret actually takes fruits, it would be a new record.
Naveena Mohan & Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Martinez-Vilalta, A. & A. Motis, 1992. Family Ardeidae (Herons)]. In del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott & J. Sargatal (eds.), Handbook of the birds of the world. Vol. 1. Ostrich to ducks. Lynx Editions, Barcelona. Pp. 376-429.