cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 17 inches Wingspan: 37 inches
Short, thick pointed bill
White body plumage
Tucks neck in close to body in flight and often at rest, rarely extend- ing it
Often seen feeding in pastures or other open habitats away fromwater
Only very briefly attains full alternate plumage
Deep red bill
Deep red legs
Buffy feathering around the head, neck and back
Bill dull orange or yellow
Legs dull orange
Entirely white body plumage
Black bill turns pale yellow by early fall
Quite unlike any other heron. Much smaller than great egret or "great
white" heron. smaller than snowy egret and immature little blue heron
and with orange instead of dark or bicolored bills.
Migration Status: N/A
Breeding Habitat: Wetland-open water
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 2-6
Length of Incubation: 22-26 days
Days to Fledge: 30
Number of Broods: 1
Diet: Mostly insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May
Su - Summer: June, July, August Acc
Fall: September, October, November
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley