Cattle Egret | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Cattle Egrets travel across vast ranges and are typically found in warm and tropical environments. Covered in white feathers, with a pinky crown, breast and back, they are distinctive from fellow Egrets due to their much shorter bill. These birds travel far and wide with recordings as far north as Iceland, and as far south as Tasmania during migration.

Native Range →

Native to Africa, Asia and Europe but has spread to the Americas and Australia

Natural Habitat  →

Forests, grasslands and wetlands

Diet  →

Insects, crustaceans, amphibians, small birds and lizards

Life Expectancy  →

Unknown in the wild. Up to 23 years in zoos

Breeding  →

2-5 eggs from a 40-45 day incubation period

Group Name  →

Colony or Flock

Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Hunting, loss of habitat

Fun fact

Cattle Egret are opportunistic feeders and follow large animals around to catch insects. It is estimated that they gather 50% more food using only two-thirds as much energy when feeding with livestock

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