Bubulcus ibis

Common Names: Cattle egret
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Bitterns, Herons, & Egrets

A cosmopolitan species of heron (family Ardeidae) found in the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate zones. The Cattle Egret is a stocky heron with a 35-38 inch wingspan; it is 18-22 inches long and weighs 9.5-18.1 oz. It has a relatively short thick neck, sturdy bill, and a hunched posture. The non-breeding adult has mainly white plumage, a yellow bill and greyish-yellow legs. During the breeding season, adults of the nominate western subspecies develop orange-buff plumes on the back, breast and crown, and the bill, legs and irises become bright red for a brief period prior to pairing. The sexes are similar, but the male is marginally larger and has slightly longer breeding plumes than the female; juvenile birds lack colored plumes and have a black bill.

Their feeding habitats include seasonally inundated grasslands, pastures, farmlands, and wetlands.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.