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Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

Description:

A small egret with short, all-yellow legs and a short yellow bill. In breeding season, adults develop colorful orange plumes. Unlike most egrets, follows cattle and other hoofed mammals, picking up the insects they stir up as they move through the grass. Originally from Africa, Cattle Egrets expanded their range across the Atlantic to South America and then up to the southern United States through the 20th century.

Habitat:

Colony of wild birds at freshwater marsh in San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

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avesjohn
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avesjohn

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Jun 23, 2012
Submitted on Jun 27, 2012

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