Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52440

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Ardeidae
Genus:Bubulcus
Genus species:Bubulcus ibis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:50 cm
Identification:The cattle egret is mostly white with a buff-colored crown, breast, and crest during its breeding season. Its legs are either yellow or orange in color.
Habitat:Open land, farms, marshes
Diet:Carnivore: insects, frogs, fish
Reproduction:Nesting in colonies, each pair builds a nest in a small tree. The male and female both incubate their 2-5 eggs for 21-26 days. The chicks can fly by the time they are 30 days old.
Cattle egrets tend to roost in large colonies, usually with other species of colonial water birds.
Behavior:Cattle egrets will follow large grazing animals and catch insects disturbed by them. They are a strongly migratory species.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This species has been particularly successful in expanding its home ranges. It was virtually unknown in North America before 1952 and now inhabits most of the continent.

Other Information

Geographic:Africa
Asia
North America
South America
Australia
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:long-legged wading bird
Cattle egret
Bubulcus
Herons
Ardeidae
Ciconiiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata