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Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis


Taken at the Montego Bay Hilton Hotel's restaurant.


I'm 90% sure of the ID, but suggestions are welcome.

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I agree with you Mari, it's a Cattle Egret for me, the Intermediate is much larger by around 50% and well out of range. Also, only Cattle Egrets are happy to live amongst people (and animals), all the others tend to keep well away from Humans.

Mari du Preez
Mari du Preez 8 years ago

I went with this ID, because the juvenile cattle egret has the black feet, yellow legs and some yellow on the breast.

Intermediate Egrets sometimes have yellow upper legs but they are much larger than a Cattle Egret and are nominally restricted to Africa, Asia and Australasia. They are referred to as Yellow-billed Egrets in some instances. It is unlikely that these would be found in the West Indies unless in captivity.

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

I'm using a "Roberts Bird Guide", a well known and respected publication for quite a number of years now in South Africa. ISBN 978-77009-714-8

Interestingly, the latest Clements listing has no mention of the existance of a Yellow-billed Egret.

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

Sorry, my mistake, only saw now that the spotting was in Jamaica.

Ah, there is no mention of a Yellow-billed Egret in my book. The Cattle Egrets over here have dull yellowish to greyish legs and my American book says yellowish to pinkish.

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

Yellow-billed egret: Cattle egret legs completely yellow, whereas yellow-billed legs are dark from the knee down. Unless this one was in the mud of course. IMHO.

You are correct, it is a Cattle Egret.

Mari du Preez
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Montego Bay, Jamaica

Spotted on Oct 19, 2008
Submitted on May 5, 2012

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