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Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

Originally native to parts of Asia, and Africa, the Cattle Egret has undergone a rapid expansion in its distribution and colonized much of the rest of the world. This expansion was first noted in the 1800’s. By the 1950’s they reached North America.

Cattle Egrets are known around the world by various names which refer to the large herbivores they follow, catching the bugs kicked up during grazing. Yet these versatile birds have learned that fires will move invertebrate creatures out of hiding, and when they see smoke, these birds will fly towards the fires to exploit this food source.

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