Cattle Egret (Cattle Gauldin)

Length 48-64cm (19-25″). Native to Asia and Africa, the Cattle Egret only reached the Americas in the late 19th centaury. It first colonised the Cayman Islands in 1957, and now is an abundant resident, winter visitor and passage migrant. Found along shorelines, but also favours disturbed habitat, especially associated with cattle pasture, opportunistically feeding on insects stirred up by animals, machinery, or even fire. Not to be confused with the more slender Snowy Egret.

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