The Cattle Egret is a small, compact, white heron with stout yellow bill, adorned with buff plumes in the breeding season.. Unlike most other egrets the cattle egret can often seen on dry land or following cattle or tractors in fields where it feeds upon insects flushed out of the ground. Their legs are red or yellow during the breeding season and black during non-breeding season. Breeding birds have redder bills and creamy patches on body.

Cattle Egret's 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.

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