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Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis


The cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a cosmopolitan species of heron (family Ardeidae) found in the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate zones. It is the only member of the monotypic genus Bubulcus, although some authorities regard its two subspecies as full species, the western cattle egret and the eastern cattle egret. Despite the similarities in plumage to the egrets of the genus Egretta, it is more closely related to the herons of Ardea. Originally native to parts of Asia, Africa and Europe, it has undergone a rapid expansion in its distribution and successfully colonised much of the rest of the world in the last century.


The egret's habitat has expanded rapidly but it as purposely introduced in Hawaii in 1959.


Thanks AshleyT for the correction!

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AshleyT 5 years ago
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From a distance they actually do look like terns but they are indeed egrets. :D

misterallaire 5 years ago

Absolutely. Thanks for the help and I'll make the correction later on after school. 8-)

AshleyT 5 years ago

That's what we're here for! Always have to take everything with a grain of salt and look into it and see if you agree. Good and bad things about citizen science sites :)

misterallaire 5 years ago

Thanks Ashley. I was showing this site to my students and you demonstrated perfectly how powerful the community of citizen scientists can be. :-)

AshleyT 5 years ago

If you compare the shape of a tern to the shape of your bird, you will see they are completely different. These are egrets :)

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Ava T-B 5 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah, misterallaire,
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Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Oct 14, 2014
Submitted on Oct 14, 2014

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