Species Details

@MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);

Cattle Egret Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Bubulcus ibis
Family : Ardeidae
Order : Pelecaniformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Wetlands
Description : The Cattle Egret out of the breeding season has all white plumage which turns orange in the monsoon (adult bird length approximately 51 cm, weight 460 g, wing 25 cm, bill 5.8 cm, tarsus 8.7 cm, tail 9 cm). Its irises, bill and legs are dull yellow-orange. It feeds on insects, fish and amphibians. It follows grazing cattle to feed on the flushed insects. The cattle egret is typically found in fields and dry grassy habitats, and it relies more on terrestrial insects than aquatic prey. It nests in colonies near bodies of water, often sharing the area with other wetland birds. The breeding season lasts from April to October in North America and the Seychelles. The male performs displays to attract a mate, and a new mate is chosen each season. Both parents contribute to building a small, untidy nest of sticks in a tree or shrub. The clutch usually contains three or four pale bluish-white eggs. Incubation lasts around 23 days, and both parents take turns. The chicks hatch partially covered in down and become independent at around 45 days. Sibling rivalry and starvation are significant factors in nesting mortality. The cattle egret sometimes engages in brood parasitism, laying its eggs in the nests of other egret species. Starvation and nest raiding by other animals can also impact nest success.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Paul Marvin(www.xeno-canto.org/Paul Marvin), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.