Cattle Egret

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 03 September 2009
Scientific Name
Bubulcus ibis
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ardeidae
  • Bubulcus
  • B. ibis
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
18 to 22 inches
35 to 38 inches
9.5 to 18.1 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Garça-vaqueira
Czech (Cesky) Volavka Rusohlavá
Danish (Dansk) Kohejre
Dutch (Nederlands) Koereiger
Finnish (Suomi) lehmähaikara
French (Français) Héron Garde-boeufs
German (Deutsch) Kuhreiher
Italian (Italiano) Airone Guardabuoi
Japanese (日本語) アマサギ (Amasagi)
Korean (한국어) 황로
Norwegian (Norsk) Kuhegre
Polish (Polski) Czapla Złotawa
Russian (русский язык) Египетская цапля
Spanish (Español) Garcilla Bueyera
Swedish (Svenska) Kohäger
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