LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

The familiar white egret over much of the world except the Americas and much of Russia, this species has been the subject of much taxonomic debate as to whether it is distinct from the Western and Dimorphic Reef-egrets, but the latest IOC list has all three as separate species. Although widespread, only two races are recognised, the right-hand bird is of the Australasian race nigripes.

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