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Cattle Egret

Animal Essentials

Scientific Name:
Bubulcus ibis
Park Location:
Zoo
Origin:
Asia, Africa & Europe
Habitat:
Tropics & subtropics

Amazing Facts

A group of Cattle Egrets is known as a ‘stampede’.
During the breeding season, the Cattle Egret takes on a buff colour to its head, chest and back.
The Cattle Egret gets its name from the fact that is can generally be found around cattle.

Unlike most herons, the Cattle Egret inhabits dry grassland. Generally white overall with a yellow bill, the Cattle Egret gets its name from the fact that is can generally be found around cattle – feeding on the insects and small creatures that the cattle disturb.

Originally from Africa, Asia and Europe, this successful bird has also colonised many other countries around the world.

During the breeding season, the Cattle Egret takes on a buff colour to its head, chest and back. They also inhabit swamp areas and nest in colonies, often with other heron species. A very loose platform of twigs is used as a nest, which is built in small trees and shrubs and usually contains between two and five eggs.

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