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Cattle Egret

Breeding adult at the Henry Doorly Zoo
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Bubulcus
Bonaparte, 1855
Species: B. ibis
Binomial name
Bubulcus ibis
Linnaeus, 1758

The Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a small white heron. It is the only member of the monotypic genus Bubulcus. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 280 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (935 × 2000 pixel, file size: 188 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Cattle Egret Henry Doorly Zoo User... The Henry Doorly Zoo is a zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. ... The conservation status of a species is an indicator of the likelihood of that species continuing to survive either in the present day or the future. ... Image File history File links Status_iucn3. ... Least Concern (LC) is an IUCN category assigned to extant species or lower taxa which have been evaluated but do not qualify for any other category. ... For other uses, see Scientific classification (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Animal (disambiguation). ... Typical Classes See below Chordates (phylum Chordata) are a group of animals that includes the vertebrates, together with several closely related invertebrates. ... For other uses, see Bird (disambiguation). ... Families Ardeidae Cochlearidae (the Boat-billed Heron) Balaenicipitidae (the Shoebill) Scopidae (the Hammerkop) Ciconiidae Threskiornithidae Cathartidae Traditionally, the order Ciconiiformes has included a variety of large, long-legged wading birds with large bills: storks, herons, egrets, ibises, spoonbills, and several others. ... Genera See text The Ardeidae family of birds is the heron, egret and bittern family of wading birds. ... Charles Lucien Jules Laurent Bonaparte (May 24, 1803 – July 29, 1857) was a French naturalist and ornithologist. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Carl Linnaeus, Latinized as Carolus Linnaeus, also known after his ennoblement as  , (May 13, 1707[1] – January 10, 1778), was a Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist[2] who laid the foundations for the modern scheme of nomenclature. ... For other uses, see Heron (disambiguation). ...



The Cattle Egret is a stocky species, averaging 51 cm long and weighing 200-600 g, with a short thick bill. The non-breeding adult has all-white plumage, a yellow bill, and greyish-yellow legs. When breeding, orange buff plumes develop on the back, breast and crown, and the legs become orange pink. The sexes are similar, but juvenile birds have a black bill.

This bird will give soft kre calls in flight, and a gruff rick-reck on the ground.


The Cattle Egret is often found in dry grassy habitats, unlike most herons which are associated with shallow water. It feeds on insects, especially grasshoppers, and is usually found with cattle and other large animals which disturb small creatures which the egrets then catch. This species will sometimes ride on the backs of these animals. Orders Subclass Apterygota Archaeognatha (bristletails) Thysanura (silverfish) Subclass Pterygota Infraclass Paleoptera (Probably paraphyletic) Ephemeroptera (mayflies) Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) Infraclass Neoptera Superorder Exopterygota Grylloblattodea (ice-crawlers) Mantophasmatodea (gladiators) Plecoptera (stoneflies) Embioptera (webspinners) Zoraptera (angel insects) Dermaptera (earwigs) Orthoptera (grasshoppers, etc) Phasmatodea (stick insects) Blattodea (cockroaches) Isoptera (termites) Mantodea (mantids) Psocoptera... For other uses, see Grasshopper (disambiguation). ... For general information about the genus, including other species of cattle, see Bos. ...


The Cattle Egret is native to parts of Asia, Africa and Europe. For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...

The species has successfully colonised much of the rest of the world, and is now resident in Australia, the Pacific, North America and South America. Unlike introduced species, Cattle Egrets have achieved this spread without human aid or intervention. Cattle Egrets were first sighted in northern South America in 1877 and North America in 1941, having apparently flown across the Atlantic Ocean. [1] Individual birds have been sighted in Antarctica. [2] Colonisation is the process in biology by which a species spreads into new areas. ... →this is tuff i mean kyle carters tuff Tuamotu, French Polynesia The Pacific Ocean contains an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 islands; the exact number has not been precisely determined. ... North America North America is a continent [1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... IT is a new species. ...

Most Cattle Egrets are permanent residents with some post-breeding dispersal, which may have led to the egret's range expansion.


The breeding habitat of the Cattle Egret is large wetlands in warm countries. It nests in colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on a platform of sticks in trees or shrubs. 1-5 eggs are laid.

Cattle Egrets also may reproduce in rural and urban locations, provided there is a pond or pool of some kind around.



  1. ^ http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Cattle_Egret.html
  2. ^ http://aadc-maps.aad.gov.au/aadc/biodiversity/taxon_profile.cfm?taxon_id=110230
  • BirdLife International (2004). Bubulcus ibis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
  • Handbook of the Birds of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa: The Birds of the Western Palearctic
  • Global Invasive Species Database

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (also known as the IUCN Red List and Red Data List), created in 1963, is the worlds most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species and can be found here. ... The World Conservation Union or International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) is an international organization dedicated to natural resource conservation. ...

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Handbook of Texas Online: (1160 words)
Cattle egrets are native to Africa and Asia.
Cattle egrets nest in woodlands and swamps and on inland and coastal islands.
Cattle egrets nest about three weeks later than native herons and egrets; their breeding season is seven to nine weeks longer, and they are less selective of nest sites.
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