Birds of Morni: Cattle Egret

November 21, 2011

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a 2 feet long long stocky/hunched bird with white plummage, a sturdy yellow bill and greyish yellow legs. It has a wingspan of 3 feet and the adults develop orange-buff plumes during breeding season.Its genus name Bubulcus is Latin for ‘herdsman’conveying its intimate relation to cattle.It feeds on ticks and flies on the cattle skin and is popular for its perceived role in control of cattle parasites.
The Cattle Egret feeds on insects, especially grasshoppers, crickets, flies and moths, as well as spiders, frogs, and earthworms. Egrets prefer terrestrial insects to acquatic prey and feed in dry grassy areas with cattle and other large grazing and browsing animals, catching insects and small vertebrates disturbed by the mammals. Cattle Egrets nest in colonies in woodlands near lakes, rivers or swamps by making a platform of sticks in trees or shrubs.

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