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Bird Cattle Egret (Ardea ibis)

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Common Name: Cattle Egret

Scientific Name: Ardea ibis

Family: Ardeidae

Order
: Ciconiiformes

Other Names: NA

Distribution: Common in north-eastern Western Australia across the Top End, Northern Territory, and in south-eastern Australia from Bundaberg, Queensland to Port Augusta, South Australia, including Tasmania.

Habitat: Found in grasslands, woodlands and wetlands, and is not common in arid areas. Usually seen foraging with grazing stock and in wetland areas.

Field Notes: small snowy-white egret, distinguished during breeding season by its orange crown, neck and breast, with similarly tinted long loose neck plumes. The long sharp, slightly down-curved bill is yellow to pinkish yellow, but becomes bright red during breeding season. The legs are normally grey-green out of breeding season, turning bright red or orange-brown during breeding. Size:70 cm.

Photo by Auscraft 2011, My Yard.


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Breeding:

Cattle Egret pairs are monogamous for the breeding season, and they breed in colonies, usually with other waterbirds. Their shallow platform nests are made in wetland areas in trees and bushes, usually as high up as possible. Both parents build the nest and incubate the eggs, with one brood per season being raised.
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