Herons (Ardeidae)

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) - HBW 1, p. 415

French: Héron garde boeufs German: Kuhreiher 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.