Cattle Egret (Palau)

Bubulcus ibis coromandus

Order

PELECANIFORMES

Family

Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)

Code 4

CAEG

Code 6

BUBIBI

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Cattle Egret is present in most portions of the world, with the exception of Bulgaria, where it is thought to be extinct. This bird has also been introduced to Jamaica and the British Indian Ocean Territory. The range of the Cattle Egret is around 10 million square kilometers. The population is estimated to be around 7 million individual birds. In 2000, the Cattle Egret was rated as Lower Risk. Currently, the Cattle Egret is rated as Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Cattle Egret (Palau): Small, short-necked and stocky egret with white body and pale orange-brown patches on head, neck and back. Sexes are similar. Breeding plumes are slightly shorter on the female. Breeding birds' legs are yellow-green and irises are dark yellow. During peak breeding season, bill, legs and irises turn a bright red. Winter adult and juvenile are white and with dull yellow-orange eyes and bill, legs are green-black. Races separated by the amount and intensity of the orange-brown patches.

 

Range and Habitat

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Cattle Egret (Palau) SONGS AND CALLS

Cattle Egret S1

"Zit" calls from chicks at a large colony.

Cattle Egret C1

Various calls from three juveniles in a colony.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"rick-rack"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Cattle Egret may varyingly be known as Cow Crane, Cow Bird, Cow Heron, Elephant Bird, or Rhinocerous Egret. In Arabic it's name, abu qerdan, translates to "father of ticks" and references the volume of parasites found in its breeding colonies.
  • The subspecies found on Palau was first described in 1783 by Pieter Boddaert.
  • This species has adapted to foraging on land, including eye positioning allowing for binocular vision; however such adaptations make it impossible to correct for light refraction in water, like its wetland relatives.
  • A group of egrets is collectively known as a "skewer" of egrets.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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