Egretta garzetta

Little egret

Phylum Chordates (Chordata)
Class Birds (Aves)
Order  (Ciconiiformes)
Family  (Ardeidae)
Genus  (Egretta)
Species Authority Linnaeus, 1766
Summary Status: rare (Category III), found only along the north coast of the Caspian Sea between the mouths of the Volga and the Ural Rivers. It lives among thick overgrowths of willows and reeds near lakes, streams and the Caspian Sea. In recent years, the number of little egrets has decreased due to low water levels. Today, in the northern Caspian coastal plain, not more than 500 pairs can be found. Declining factors are reduction of feeding areas, air pollution, and poaching. It is necessary to create reserves near the mouths of the Volga and the Ural Rivers where colonies of little egrets still exist.

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