Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed on a farm plot in Eldoret, Kenya. April 2013.

From Wikipedia The Cattle Egret, common and widespread in Kenya, is a white bird adorned with buff plumes in the breeding season. It nests in colonies, usually near bodies of water and often with other wading birds. The nest is a platform of sticks in trees or shrubs. Cattle Egrets exploit drier and open habitats more than other heron species. Their feeding habitats include seasonally inundated grasslands, pastures, farmlands, wetlands and rice paddies. They often accompany cattle or other large mammals, catching insect and small vertebrate prey disturbed by these animals. Some populations of the Cattle Egret are migratory and others show post-breeding dispersal.

Ardeidae -- Heron and Egret Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, created 11 December 2013