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 Egretta garzetta

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2014 Not Recognised
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status full migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Afghanistan Native Extant     Yes  
Albania Native Extant     Yes Yes
Algeria Native Extant        
Angola Native Extant        
Anguilla (to UK) Native Extant        
Antigua and Barbuda Native Extant        
Armenia Native Extant       Yes
Aruba (to Netherlands) Native Extant   Yes    
Australia Native Extant Yes      
Austria Native Extant Yes      
Azerbaijan Native Extant     Yes Yes
Bahrain Native Extant        
Bangladesh Native Extant        
Barbados Native Extant        
Belgium Native Extant Yes      
Benin Native Extant        
Bhutan Native Extant        
Bosnia and Herzegovina Native Extant Yes      
Botswana Native Extant        
Brunei Native Extant        
Bulgaria Native Extant     Yes Yes
Burkina Faso Native Extant        
Burundi Native Extant        
Cambodia Native Extant        
Cameroon Native Extant        
Canada Vagrant Extant        
Cape Verde Native Extant        
Central African Republic Native Extant        
Chad Native Extant        
China (mainland) Native Extant Yes      
Christmas Island (to Australia) Native Extant        
Cocos (Keeling) Islands (to Australia) Vagrant Extant        
Congo Native Extant        
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Native Extant        
Côte d'Ivoire Native Extant        
Croatia Native Extant     Yes Yes
Cyprus Native Extant     Yes Yes
Czech Republic Native Extant Yes      
Denmark Native Extant     Yes  
Djibouti Native Extant        
Dominica Native Extant        
Egypt Native Extant        
Equatorial Guinea Native Extant        
Eritrea Native Extant        
Ethiopia Native Extant        
Finland Vagrant Extant        
France Native Extant     Yes Yes
Gabon Native Extant        
Gambia Native Extant        
Georgia Native Extant     Yes Yes
Germany Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Ghana Native Extant        
Gibraltar (to UK) Native Extant   Yes    
Greece Native Extant     Yes Yes
Guadeloupe (to France) Native Extant        
Guam (to USA) Native Extant   Yes    
Guinea Native Extant        
Guinea-Bissau Native Extant Yes      
Guyana Vagrant Extant        
Hong Kong (China) Native Extant Yes      
Hungary Native Extant Yes   Yes  
India Native Extant        
Indonesia Native Extant        
Iran, Islamic Republic of Native Extant     Yes Yes
Iraq Native Extant     Yes Yes
Ireland Native Extant       Yes
Israel Native Extant       Yes
Italy Native Extant     Yes Yes
Japan Native Extant        
Jordan Native Extant     Yes Yes
Kazakhstan Native Extant Yes      
Kenya Native Extant        
Kuwait Native Extant        
Laos Native Extant        
Latvia Vagrant Extant        
Lebanon Native Extant        
Lesotho Native Extant        
Liberia Native Extant        
Libya Native Extant        
Liechtenstein Vagrant Extant        
Luxembourg Vagrant Extant        
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Native Extant       Yes
Malawi Native Extant        
Malaysia Native Extant        
Maldives Vagrant Extant        
Mali Native Extant        
Malta Native Extant        
Martinique (to France) Native Extant        
Mauritania Native Extant        
Micronesia, Federated States of Native Extant   Yes    
Moldova Native Extant Yes      
Mongolia Vagrant Extant        
Montenegro Native Extant     Yes Yes
Montserrat (to UK) Native Extant        
Morocco Native Extant        
Mozambique Native Extant        
Myanmar Native Extant        
Namibia Native Extant        
Nepal Native Extant        
Netherlands Native Extant       Yes
New Zealand Native Extant        
Niger Native Extant        
Nigeria Native Extant        
North Korea Native Extant Yes      
Northern Mariana Islands (to USA) Native Extant   Yes    
Norway Vagrant Extant        
Oman Native Extant        
Pakistan Native Extant        
Palau Native Extant        
Palestinian Authority Territories Native Extant     Yes  
Papua New Guinea Native Extant        
Philippines Native Extant        
Poland Native Extant Yes      
Portugal Native Extant       Yes
Puerto Rico (to USA) Vagrant Extant        
Qatar Native Extant   Yes Yes  
Romania Native Extant     Yes Yes
Russia (European) Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Rwanda Native Extant        
São Tomé e Príncipe Vagrant Extant        
Saudi Arabia Native Extant   Yes    
Senegal Native Extant        
Serbia Native Extant     Yes Yes
Seychelles Native Extant        
Sierra Leone Native Extant        
Singapore Native Extant        
Slovakia Native Extant Yes      
Slovenia Native Extant   Yes    
Solomon Islands Native Extant        
Somalia Native Extant        
South Africa Native Extant        
South Korea Native Extant        
South Sudan Native Extant   Yes   Yes
Spain Native Extant     Yes Yes
Sri Lanka Native Extant        
St Kitts and Nevis Native Extant        
St Lucia Native Extant        
St Pierre and Miquelon (to France) Vagrant Extant        
St Vincent and the Grenadines Native Extant        
Sudan Native Extant        
Suriname Native Extant        
Swaziland Native Extant        
Sweden Vagrant Extant        
Switzerland Native Extant        
Syria Native Extant Yes      
Taiwan (China) Native Extant        
Tanzania Native Extant Yes      
Thailand Native Extant        
Timor-Leste Native Extant       Yes
Togo Native Extant        
Trinidad and Tobago Native Extant        
Tunisia Native Extant        
Turkey Native Extant       Yes
Turkmenistan Native Extant Yes      
Uganda Native Extant Yes      
Ukraine Native Extant     Yes Yes
United Arab Emirates Native Extant   Yes Yes  
United Kingdom Native Extant       Yes
USA Native Extant        
Uzbekistan Native Extant        
Vietnam Native Extant        
Western Sahara Native Extant        
Yemen Native Extant        
Zambia Native Extant        
Zimbabwe Native Extant        

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Antigua and Barbuda McKinnons Salt Pond site factsheet
Azerbaijan Aggyol National Park site factsheet
Azerbaijan Lake Mahmudchala site factsheet
Barbados Chancery Lane Swamp site factsheet
Barbados East Point Pond site factsheet
Barbados Graeme Hall Swamp site factsheet
Botswana Okavango Delta site factsheet
Bulgaria Golia Island site factsheet
Bulgaria Gorni Dabnik-Telish Reservoir site factsheet
Bulgaria Ibisha Island site factsheet
Bulgaria Kalimok Complex site factsheet
Bulgaria Konush Reservoir site factsheet
Bulgaria Mandra-Poda complex site factsheet
Bulgaria Pozharevo Island site factsheet
Bulgaria Srebarna site factsheet
Bulgaria Vardim Island site factsheet
China (mainland) Baishiyi Nature Reserve site factsheet
China (mainland) Erlinggou site factsheet
China (mainland) Fujiang Taigong Shan site factsheet
China (mainland) Lanting Damiaowu site factsheet
Croatia Jelas field including fishponds and wet pastures along Sava RIver site factsheet
Croatia Lower Sava river site factsheet
Cyprus Akamas and Agia Aikaterini – Agia Paraskevi Gorges site factsheet
Cyprus Akrotiri Peninsula - Episkopi Cliffs site factsheet
Cyprus Kormakitis Peninsula site factsheet
Cyprus Larnaca Salt Lakes site factsheet
Egypt Lake Manzala site factsheet
France Anse du Fiers d'Ars en Ré site factsheet
France Baie de Bourgneuf et marais breton site factsheet
France Barrage d'Artix et Saligue du Gave de Pau site factsheet
France Basse Vallée de la Durance site factsheet
France Bassin d'Arcachon et Banc d'Arguin site factsheet
France Brenne centrale site factsheet
France Camargue site factsheet
France Cordon lagunaire de Sète à Agde site factsheet
France Domaine d'Orx site factsheet
France Estuaires picards : baies de Somme et d'Authie site factsheet
France Etangs Montpellierains site factsheet
France Etangs Narbonnais site factsheet
France Golfe du Morbihan et Etier de Penerf site factsheet
France Ile d'Oléron, marais de Brouage-Saint-Agnant site factsheet
France La Dombes site factsheet
France Lac de Grand-Lieu site factsheet
France Marais de L'Ile Vieille site factsheet
France Marais entre Crau et Grand Rhône: Meyranne, Chanoine, Plan de Bourg et Salins du Caban site factsheet
France Marais et estuaire de la Seudre site factsheet
France Marais poitevin et baie de l'Aiguillon site factsheet
France Petite Camargue fluvio-lacustre site factsheet
France Petite Camargue laguno-marine site factsheet
France Plaine du Forez site factsheet
France Traicts et marais salants de la Presqu'île Guérandaise site factsheet
France Val d'Allier : Saint-Yorre-Joze site factsheet
France Val d'Allier Bourbonnais site factsheet
France Val de Drôme: Les Ramières-printegarde site factsheet
France Val de Saône site factsheet
France Vallée de la Garonne : Boussens à Carbonne site factsheet
France Vallée de la Garonne : Palayre et environs site factsheet
France Vallée de la Loire: Pit majeur d'Iguerande à Décize site factsheet
Gambia Bao Bolon Wetland Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Keta Lagoon Ramsar Site site factsheet
Ghana Songor Ramsar Site site factsheet
Greece Amvrakikos gulf site factsheet
Greece Axios, Loudias, and Aliakmon estuaries site factsheet
Greece Divari Pilou lagoon (Gialova) site factsheet
Greece Kotychi lagoon site factsheet
Greece Lake Kerkini site factsheet
Guinea-Bissau Arquipélago dos Bijagós site factsheet
Hungary Béda–Karapancsa site factsheet
Hungary Bodrogzug–Taktaköz site factsheet
Hungary Flood plain of Tiszaalpár site factsheet
Hungary Hortobágy and Tisza-to site factsheet
Hungary Lower Tisza Valley site factsheet
India Kole Wetland site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Anzali Mordab complex site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Arjan Protected Area site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Bandar Kiashar lagoon and mouth of Sefid Rud site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Dez dam site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Horeh Bamdej site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Izeh and Sheikho lakes site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Lake Kobi site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Lake Uromiyeh site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Miankaleh Peninsula and Gorgan Bay site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Seyed Mohalli, Zarin Kola and Larim Sara site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Shadegan marshes and tidal mudflats of Khor-al Amaya and Khor Musa site factsheet
Israel Jezre'el, Harod and Bet She'an valleys site factsheet
Israel Northern lower Jordan valley site factsheet
Israel Zevulun valley site factsheet
Italy Adda Sud Park heronries site factsheet
Italy Argentario, Orbetello Lagoon and Burano Lake site factsheet
Italy Cagliari wetlands site factsheet
Italy Caorle lagoon site factsheet
Italy Cervia saltpans site factsheet
Italy Codigoro heronry site factsheet
Italy Diaccia Botrona site factsheet
Italy Fucecchio marsh site factsheet
Italy Grado and Marano lagoon site factsheet
Italy Lake Trasimeno site factsheet
Italy Lomellina and Heronries of Pavia province site factsheet
Italy Novara heronries site factsheet
Italy Po Delta site factsheet
Italy Punte Alberete and Valle della Canna, Pineta San Vitale and Pialassa della Baiona site factsheet
Italy River Sesia heronries site factsheet
Italy Sinis and Oristano wetlands site factsheet
Italy Ticino river site factsheet
Italy Valle Bertuzzi and Goro lagoon site factsheet
Italy Venice lagoon site factsheet
Italy Vercelli rice-fields site factsheet
Mali Lac Débo - Lac Oualado Débo site factsheet
Mauritania Banc d'Arguin National Park site factsheet
Philippines Manila Bay site factsheet
Portugal Albufeira do Caia site factsheet
Portugal Lagoa Pequena site factsheet
Portugal Leixão da Gaivota site factsheet
Portugal Murta dam site factsheet
Portugal Paul do Boquilobo site factsheet
Portugal Paul do Taipal site factsheet
Portugal Ponta da Piedade site factsheet
Portugal Sado estuary site factsheet
Portugal Tejo estuary site factsheet
Romania Balta Mică a Brăilei site factsheet
Romania Balta Vederoasa site factsheet
Romania Blahniţa site factsheet
Romania Braţul Borcea site factsheet
Romania Calafat - Ciuperceni - Dunăre site factsheet
Romania Comana site factsheet
Romania Danube Delta site factsheet
Romania Dunăre - Ostroave site factsheet
Romania Dunărea Veche (Braţul Măcin) site factsheet
Romania Gruia - Gârla Mare site factsheet
Romania Suhaia site factsheet
Russia (European) Delta of the River Don site factsheet
Russia (European) Islands in the western part of Lake Manych-Gudilo site factsheet
Russia (European) Varnavinsko-Kryukovskaya irrigation system site factsheet
Russia (European) Veselovskoye reservoir site factsheet
Saudi Arabia Al-Ha'ir site factsheet
Seychelles Aldabra atoll site factsheet
Slovakia Medzibodrozie site factsheet
Slovakia Senné site factsheet
Slovenia River Drava site factsheet
Slovenia Sečovlje saltpans site factsheet
Slovenia Škocjan Bay site factsheet
Slovenia Strunjan saltpans site factsheet
Spain Albufera de Mallorca and Albufereta de Pollença marshes site factsheet
Spain Albufera de Valencia marshes site factsheet
Spain Azután reservoir site factsheet
Spain Bornos reservoir site factsheet
Spain Cádiz bay site factsheet
Spain Castronuño-Zamora site factsheet
Spain Ebro delta site factsheet
Spain Guadalquivir marshes site factsheet
Spain Isla Cristina and Ayamonte marshes and Prado lagoon site factsheet
Spain Las Cañas lake site factsheet
Spain Malpartida de Cáceres-Arroyo de la Luz site factsheet
Spain Malpica island (River Tagus) site factsheet
Spain Medas islands site factsheet
Spain Medina-Sidonia site factsheet
Spain Mérida-Montijo reservoir site factsheet
Spain Odiel and Tinto marshes and Huelva coastal lagoons site factsheet
Spain Pela mountain range-Orellana reservoir-Zorita site factsheet
Spain River Ebro ox-bow lakes site factsheet
Spain Rivers Cinca and Alcanadre riverine forest site factsheet
Tanzania Lake Victoria: Bunda Bay site factsheet
Tanzania Lake Victoria: Mwanza Gulf site factsheet
Tanzania Mafia Island site factsheet
Tanzania Rubondo Island National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Wembere steppe site factsheet
Turkey Gediz Delta site factsheet
Turkey Kızılırmak Delta site factsheet
Turkey Meriç Delta site factsheet
Uganda Musambwa islands site factsheet
Ukraine Budats'kyj lyman site factsheet
Ukraine Karkinits'ka and Dzharylgats'ka bays site factsheet
Ukraine Syvash Bay site factsheet
Ukraine Yagorlyts'ka and Tendrivs'ka Bays site factsheet
Zambia Bangweulu Swamps site factsheet

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Egretta garzetta. Downloaded from on 23/10/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 23/10/2014.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Not Recognised
Family Ardeidae (Herons)
Species name author (Linnaeus, 1766)
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species