Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) - HBW 1, p. 415
French: Héron garde boeufs
Spanish: Garcilla Bueyera
Other common names: Buff-backed Heron
Taxonomy: Ardea Ibis Linnaeus, 1758, Egypt.
Alternatively placed in Egretta or Ardeola; work on DNA indicates closer genetic link with Ardea than with Egretta. Race coromandus sometimes treated as allospecies. Validity of race seychellarum has been questioned; only one specimen in breeding plumage known from collections. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- ibis (Linnaeus, 1758) - Africa and Madagascar; SW Europe to Caspian Sea; N, C & S America, from Canada to Guianas and N Chile; also NE Argentina and scattered parts of Brazil.
- seychellarum (Salomonsen, 1934) - Seychelles.
- coromandus (Boddaert, 1783) - S & E Asia to Australia and New Zealand.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 161 videos
A breeding plumaged bird catching prey close to the cattle. Locality Sultanpur, Gurgaon District, Haryana, India (ssp coromandus)
Josep del Hoyo 7 July 2014 1 year ago 1 min 4 sec 4.8
A bird displays its breeding plumage Locality Orlando, Orange County, Florida, USA (United States) (ssp ibis)
Robert Schaefer 6 April 2013 2 years ago 32 sec 4.8
A group of adult and immature birds foraging on a rubbish dump. Locality Guwahati, Assam, India (ssp coromandus)
Josep del Hoyo 14 April 2014 2 years ago 1 min 2 sec 4.7
A group of individuals following a Nilgai antelope and looking for prey. Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur District, Rajasthan, India (ssp coromandus)
Josep del Hoyo 2 July 2014 1 year ago 47 sec 4.7
An adult in breeding plumage feeding on a rubish dump. Locality Guwahati, Assam, India (ssp coromandus)
Josep del Hoyo 14 April 2014 2 years ago 44 sec 4.6
Two birds preening in a tree Locality Mindo Valley, Pichincha Province, Ecuador (ssp ibis)
Stefan Behrens 31 August 2005 8 years ago 43 sec 4.6
PhotosSee all 445 photos
An adult Cattle Egret with young.
Locality Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA (United States)
Hal and Kirsten Snyder 3 July 2014 2 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 5
Prey hung in mid-air
Locality Delhi, India
pkbhil 22 July 2010 2 years ago 4.9
Adult in breeding plumage.
Locality La Pampa Province, Argentina
Mariano Fernández 15 November 2011 1 year ago 4.9
With a kill a field mouse
Locality Arakhiya Farm, Al Rayyan, Qatar
John A Thompson 1 December 2011 4 years ago 4.9
Locality Campania Region, Italy
Ciro De Simone 33 weeks ago 4.8
A bird having a path
hythumm 3 June 2016 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.7
SoundsSee all 9 recordings
s Locality Barinas State, Venezuela
Joe Klaiber 1 year ago 5
call Locality Apure State, Venezuela
Joe Klaiber 1 year ago 5
Calls of chicks in nest demanding feed Locality Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 August 2003 6 years ago 4.7
Calls of adults in heronary during breeding period Locality Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 August 2003 6 years ago 4
Several birds on the roosting site. Locality Chapada Diamantina, Bahia State, Brazil
Ciro Albano 3 April 2008 7 years ago 3.5
A flock of birds roosting on an island Locality Lake Guyatt, Sale, Victoria, Australia
Nick Talbot 7 June 2016 2 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 0