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melanistic Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis


Cattle Egret are all white birds, but this one has a lot of dark feathers due to being a melanistic variant.

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Tom15 5 years ago

Stefania, I didn't know the geographic parameters of your mission. It sounds like all missions have to start out local before they can be global. I just found this out from ranger S Frazier here.

Tom15 5 years ago

Stefania, thanks for letting me know about the new Egret and Heron mission.

Tom15 5 years ago

Thanks Ken, it's always nice to see the variation that nature comes up with.

KenCheeks 5 years ago

Very unusual find. When I first saw the thumbnail, I thought that it might be an immature Little Blue Heron. But, the legs, bill, and profile all say Cattle Egret. I really like this spotting.

Saint Paul Parish, Dominica

Lat: 15.41, Long: -61.37

Spotted on Oct 23, 2009
Submitted on Feb 23, 2013

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