Islas Canarias, Tenerife

Little Egret visits Canary Islands

Little Egret visits Canary Islands


Little Egret (Egretta Garzetta) is a small migratory seabird with white plumage, black legs, yellow feet and black bill.

This elegant heron from Europe is a winter visitor in northen Africa, returning in spring to Europa.

Little Egret can be found in the coast of the Canary Islands, and it is often seen not only in Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria, but also in Tenerife and La Palma.

This species usually hunts alone both coastal and inland areas, eating fish, lizards, insects, crustaceans and molluscs. They stalk their prey in shallow waters for long periods of time.

Little Egret frequents sandy beaches and rocky shores although this bird is often found around ponds, such as the Charca de Maspalomas (Gran Canaria).

This winter visitor have been encountered on beaches such as Playa Jardín, Playa de los Tarajales and Playa del Médano (Tenerife), Playa de las Canteras (Gran Canaria), Playa Honda (Lanzarote) and Playa del Matorral (Fuerteventura), among others.

Little Egret is a protected species. This distinctive bird is included in the Catalog of Threatened Species in the Canary Island (CEAC) and the National Catalog of Endangered Species (CNEA) as species “of special interest”.

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