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About the Cattle Egret

The Cattle Egret has gone through one of the most rapid natural expansion of any bird. Originally native to southern Spain and Portugal, subtropical Africa and parts of Asia, it began expanding its range at the end of the 19th century and can now be found on every continent. In the United States it has bred in almost all states and has been seen all the way in Alaska.

Non-breeding adults are mainly white with a yellow bill and grey-ish-yellow legs. During the breeding season adults get orange-buff plumes on the crown, breast and back.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 03 September 2009
Scientific Name Bubulcus ibis
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Bubulcus
  • B. ibis
Birdorable Family Egrets & Other Waders
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
18 to 22 inches
35 to 38 inches
9.5 to 18.1 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East) Australia and New Zealand Oceania

International Names

  • Garça-vaqueira (Brazilian)
  • Volavka Rusohlavá (Czech)
  • Kohejre (Danish)
  • Koereiger (Dutch)
  • lehmähaikara (Finnish)
  • Héron Garde-boeufs (French)
  • Kuhreiher (German)
  • Airone Guardabuoi (Italian)
  • アマサギ (Amasagi) (Japanese)
  • 황로 (Korean)
  • Kuhegre (Norwegian)
  • Czapla Złotawa (Polish)
  • Египетская цапля (Russian)
  • Garcilla Bueyera (Spanish)
  • Kohäger (Swedish)

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