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A relatively small snowy-white egret, the Cattle Egret is distinguished during breeding season by its orange crown, neck and breast, with similarly tinted long loose neck plumes. The long sharp, slightly down-curved bill is yellow to pinkish yellow, but becomes bright red during breeding season. The legs are normally grey-green out of breeding season, turning bright red or orange-brown during breeding.
I saw this particular Egret in a Sporting Field at St Clair NSW it was foraging for food with about 6 Straw Necked Ibis and a couple of White Ibis.
Cattle Egrets were first recorded in Australia in 1948