Herons, Ibises, Storks, New World Vultures, and Allies (Ciconiiformes) - RStade

Cattle Egret – Male in breeding plumage foraging

Bubulcus ibis

April – Texas

L=20” ...... WS=36” ....... WT= 12 oz Order: Ciconiiformes (Herons, Ibises, Storks, New World Vultures, Allies) Family: Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, Bitterns)

Cattle Egrets are unique among North American herons, bitterns and egrets in that they commonly forage alongside grazing cattle or behind farm equipment, both of which stir up insects. They are frequently seen standing on the backs of the grazing animals, which display little hostility to the egrets.

Egret Cattle