Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

The cattle egret is a small egret often seen in flocks in pastures or near waterways. It is white with dark legs and a yellow bill. True to its name, it is sometimes seen near or even on cattle, where it may feed on insects living on the cattle. At night, flocks may be seen roosting in mangroves. It is a common resident throughout the West Indies. When breeding, tan areas may appear on the crown, back and chest. The great egret (Ardea alba) is somewhat similar, but is much larger and has darker legs.

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