Monday, 7 November 2011

Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

OTHER NAMES: Cattle Egret
Latin Etymology: Bubulcus ("cow-herd") ibis ("ibis")
Winter plumage adult Western Cattle Egret (subspecies B. i. ibisat El Rocio, Spain - December 2011

Featured Subspecies: Bubulcus ibis ibis
Weight: 270-512g  /  Length: 51cm  /  Wingspan: 88-96cm
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Cattle Egret is really a fringe species to the UK list - it could potentially begin proper colonization in the next few years, if indeed it hasn't done already, but currently it could go either way.  It can be differentiated from the little egret by the yellow bill and from the great white egret by the smaller size and stockier body.  In Spain it is far far more common, and can be found in wetland, or on fields with cattle or horses.  It is replaced in East Asia by the closely related Eastern Cattle Egret.

Related Species:
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Bubulcus
Subspecies: B. i. ibis, B. i. coromandus, B. i. seychellarum

 - Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - Spanish -  Garcilla bueyera ("Oxen Egret")
Common to locally abundant resident in appropriate habitat.
 - SEVILLE 2011 TRIP: A number seen near Italica, around 10 seen in the vicinity of El Rocio
 - MADRID 2016 TRIP: Fairly common, seen in flight at various random locations, numerous near Arrocampo.

Further Notes: BirdForum OpusIUCN Red ListRSPBWikipedia, Xeno-canto

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