Flock of cattle egret around a small pond
One of four foraging in shallowly flooded ag field. Valle de Oro NWR, Albuquerque, NM.
The dark legs threw me, but it's a non-breeding adult. Small amount of orange on head.
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...