This adult cattle egret with breeding plumage was in a rookery near Kissimmee, Florida
The cattle egret (bubulcus ibis) can be found in grassy fields, pastures and savannahs around the world in tropical and subtropical climates. Originally from Africa and Asia, it made its way to northeastern South America in 1877 and spread throughout the Americas from there. They can be found as far north in North American as Alaska and Newfoundland and as far south in South America as Argentina. You will see them in Central America and the caribbean also.
They typically forage for insects and small animals at the feet of grazing animals like cattle, elephants, rhinos, buffalos, etc.. or ride on their backs looking for insects and parasites. They have been known to fly for miles toward the front of a fire in grasslands to feed on the fleeing insects and small animals. They are opportunistic feeders.
June 15th, 2017
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