A few dozen Cattle Egrets, Bubulcus ibis, were enclosed in a netted cage in the Barcelona Zoo. There were five or six outside the enclosure, including two on the edge of a fountain. The Barcelona Zoo welcomes local birds and even tags their resident Gray Herons, Yellow-legged Gulls, and Black-headed Gulls.
Full Breeding plumage (yellow neck, head and yellow patch on back).
With, not surprisingly, a steer leg
with White-faced Ibis
15 Oct 2010.
Bristol-Myers Squibb-Hopewell, Mercer Co, NJ.
A flock of 7 adults in non-breeding plumage spent the day foraging in and near the cow pasture. Found by Steve Walker.
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...