Saturday, 29 June 2013


CATTLE EGRET (Bubulcus ibis)

Slightly smaller but much rarer than the little egret, cattle egrets are visiting the UK in increasing numbers. They often spend time close to livestock and grab insects and worms that their hooves disturb. Cattle egrets have yellow or greyish legs and a yellow beak, compared to the black legs (with yellow feet) and black beak of the little egret.

As their name suggests, cattle egrets tend to associate with livestock as the animals' hooves disturb invertebrate prey. Most likely to be seen in the south of England and Wales.

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