Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Cattle Egret (Bulbucis ibis). Taken at Cherine, France on June 25th 2010.
Taken at Cherine, France on June 25th 2010.
(1/400th sec at f14. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Taken at Barbate, Spain, on November 6th 2016.
(1/640th sec at f14. © David Hastings)


L: 45 - 52cm; WS: 82 - 95cm

Slightly smaller than the Little Egret, Cattle Egrets are visiting the UK in increasing numbers, and may now be breeding here. They have yellow or greyish legs and a yellow beak, compared to the black legs (with yellow feet) and black beak of the Little Egret. During the breeding season their beaks become reddish, and they show orange smudges on the crown and chest.

The Cattle Egret is mainly an African species which has spread into Iberia, southern France and Italy in revent years.

They nest in trees and bushes by lakes and rivers.

They often spend time close to livestock and grab insects and worms that are disturbed.


15-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain (50+)
13-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (2)
12-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (2)
10-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (2)

14-Jan-2017 : Caulcott, Oxon (3)

06-Nov-2016 : La Janda, Spain (60+)
04-Nov-2016 : Huerta Grande, Spain (3)