Bubulcus ibis is noticeably small and compact compared to other herons. This species can be found especially near the marshes, pools, rice fields, and grasslands (Strange & Jeyarajasingam, 1993). It gains its common name, Cattle Egret from its habit of commonly wandering alongside herds of cattle.
The Cattle Egret feeds mainly on a variety of insects, spiders, frogs and worms. It has medium length, broad and rounded wings and slightly different colour patterns between juvenile, adult and during breeding seasons. The juveniles have dark legs and bill whereas the adults are all white with yellow bill and greyish-yellow legs. During breeding season, the Cattle Egret has golden plumage on their head, chest, and back. [Source: MyBIS]
Name: Cattle egret (breeding plumage)
Scientific: Bubulcus ibis
Malay: Bangau Balau / Bangau Kendi / Bangau Kerbau
IUCN Red List (v3.1, 2016): Least Concern
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