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Cattle Egret by Charlie Morey

Egret, Cattle

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Description

The white feathered cattle egret is a stocky thick-necked member of the heron family with a wingspan of 88-96 cm (about 35 inches). During breeding season they have yellowish plumes on their heads and their legs are more brightly colored. Juveniles have blackish legs.

Classification

Class
Aves
Order
Pelecaniformes
Family
Ardeidae
Genus
Bubulcus
Species
B. ibis
Conservation Status
Least Concern

Key Facts

Height
46-57 cm (about 19 inches)
Weight
340-390 g (about 0.8 pounds)

The IUCN Red List describes Bubulcus ibis as a species of Least Concern with a global population of between 4,000,000 and 9,850,000 individuals. The overall population trend is increasing.

Social Life
Egrets are gregarious, and in the wild live in loosely organized large flocks.

Habitat and Range
Grassy meadows, freshwater swamps; very rare in thickly forested areas or marine environments. Cattle egrets were originally an African species, but they arrived in northern South America in 1877, then spread to southern North America by 1941, nesting by 1953. They are found on all continents except Antarctica. Egrets are gregarious, and in the wild live in loosely organized large flocks.

Diet
Mostly carnivorous, feeding on insects, crustaceans, small reptiles and small mammals. They will eat vegetable matter opportunistically.

Lifespan
Up to 23 years in the wild.

Reproduction
Sexual Maturity: About 2 years
Mating Season: Year- round in the tropics. April and May in North America.
Incubation: 22-26 days. Chicks are covered in white down. They fledge at about 30 days.
No. of Young: Normally 2 to 5 eggs in a clutch.

Information

Description

The white feathered cattle egret is a stocky thick-necked member of the heron family with a wingspan of 88-96 cm (about 35 inches). During breeding season they have yellowish plumes on their heads and their legs are more brightly colored. Juveniles have blackish legs.

Classification

Class
Aves
Order
Pelecaniformes
Family
Ardeidae
Genus
Bubulcus
Species
B. ibis
Conservation Status
Least Concern

Key Facts

Height
46-57 cm (about 19 inches)
Weight
340-390 g (about 0.8 pounds)

The IUCN Red List describes Bubulcus ibis as a species of Least Concern with a global population of between 4,000,000 and 9,850,000 individuals. The overall population trend is increasing.

Social Life
Egrets are gregarious, and in the wild live in loosely organized large flocks.

Habitat and Range
Grassy meadows, freshwater swamps; very rare in thickly forested areas or marine environments. Cattle egrets were originally an African species, but they arrived in northern South America in 1877, then spread to southern North America by 1941, nesting by 1953. They are found on all continents except Antarctica. Egrets are gregarious, and in the wild live in loosely organized large flocks.

Diet
Mostly carnivorous, feeding on insects, crustaceans, small reptiles and small mammals. They will eat vegetable matter opportunistically.

Lifespan
Up to 23 years in the wild.

Reproduction
Sexual Maturity: About 2 years
Mating Season: Year- round in the tropics. April and May in North America.
Incubation: 22-26 days. Chicks are covered in white down. They fledge at about 30 days.
No. of Young: Normally 2 to 5 eggs in a clutch.