Bird Details
Cattle Egret
Color: White
Size: 20"
Season: Summer
Description: Shorter and stouter body, legs, and bill than a Great Egret. During the breeding season birds have orange legs and patches of yellow on the head, breast, and back.
Voice: Usually silent away from breeding colonies where they give croaks and quacks.
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Habitat: More upland than other herons and egrets. Cattle pastures and other dry, grassy habitats. Often associated with livestock because they feed on the insects scared up by the grazing animals.
Interesting Fact: The Cattle Egret originates in Africa but has spread across the world, crossing the ocean to reach the West Indies and then the United States in the 1950s. Widespread clearing of forests for agriculture has helped it spread across the entire country and into Canada in a matter of decades.
Scientific name: Bubulcus ibis
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae

Adult in breeding plumage
Howard Eskin

Adult on the nest
Robert Herron

In flight
Bill Branham
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