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Bubulcus ibis

Bubulcus ibis (*)

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Cladus: Avemetatarsalia
Cladus: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauriformes
Cladus: Dracohors
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Eusaurischia
Subordo: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Cladus: Averostra
Cladus: Tetanurae
Cladus: Avetheropoda
Cladus: Coelurosauria
Cladus: Tyrannoraptora
Cladus: Maniraptoromorpha
Cladus: Maniraptoriformes
Cladus: Maniraptora
Cladus: Pennaraptora
Cladus: Paraves
Cladus: Eumaniraptora
Cladus: Avialae
Infraclassis: Aves
Cladus: Euavialae
Cladus: Avebrevicauda
Cladus: Pygostylia
Cladus: Ornithothoraces
Cladus: Ornithuromorpha
Cladus: Carinatae
Parvclassis: Neornithes
Cohors: Neognathae
Cladus: Neoaves
Cladus: Aequornithes
Ordo: Pelecaniformes

Familia: Ardeidae
Subfamilia: Ardeinae
Genus: Bubulcus
Species: Bubulcus ibis

Bubulcus ibis (Linnaeus, 1758)


Ardea ibis (protonym)
Egretta ibis


Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio Decima, Reformata. Tomus I. Holmiæ (Stockholm): impensis direct. Laurentii Salvii. 824 pp. DOI: 10.5962/bhl.title.542 BHL p. 144 BHL Reference page.

Vernacular names
Afrikaans: Veereier
العربية: أبو قردان
azərbaycanca: Misir vağı
беларуская: Егіпецкая чапля
български: Биволска чапла
brezhoneg: Bugerc'heiz
català: Esplugabous
čeština: Volavka rusohlavá
Cymraeg: Crёyr y Gwartheg
dansk: Kohejre
Deutsch: Kuhreiher
ދިވެހިބަސް: އިރުވައިހުދު
Ελληνικά: Γελαδάρης
English: Cattle Egret
Esperanto: Bovardeo
español: Garcilla bueyera
eesti: Veisehaigur
euskara: Lertxuntxo itzain
فارسی: گاوچرانک
suomi: Lehmähaikara
føroyskt: Kúhegri
français: Héron garde-bœufs
Frysk: Feereager
galego: Garza boieira
Avañe'ẽ: Hoko'i vaka
Hausa: Balbela
עברית: אנפית בקר
hrvatski: Čaplja govedarica
magyar: Pásztorgém
հայերեն: Տառեղ եգիպտական
Bahasa Indonesia: Kuntul Kerbau
íslenska: Kúhegri
italiano: Airone guardabuoi
日本語: アマサギ
한국어: 황로
kurdî: Garanîk
lietuvių: Ibiškasis garnys
latviešu: Lopu gārnis
മലയാളം: കാലിമുണ്ടി
मराठी: गाय बगळा
Bahasa Melayu: Burung Bangau Kendi
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ကျွဲကျောင်းဗျိုင်း
Nederlands: Koereiger
norsk nynorsk: Kuhegre
norsk: Kuhegre
polski: Czapla złotawa
Piemontèis: Ardeola ibis
پنجابی: ڈنگر ایگرٹ
português do Brasil: Garça-vaqueira
português: Garça-vaqueira
русский: Египетская цапля
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Čaplja govedarica
slovenčina: Hltavka chochlatá
svenska: Kohäger
தமிழ்: உண்ணிக்கொக்கு
ไทย: นกยางควาย
Türkçe: Sığır balıkçılı
українська: Чапля єгипетська
Tiếng Việt: Cò ma
中文: 牛背鷺

The cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a cosmopolitan species of heron (family Ardeidae) found in the tropics, subtropics, and warm-temperate zones. It is the only member of the monotypic genus Bubulcus, although some authorities regard its two subspecies as full species, the western cattle egret and the eastern cattle egret. Despite the similarities in plumage to the egrets of the genus Egretta, it is more closely related to the herons of Ardea. Originally native to parts of Asia, Africa, and Europe, it has undergone a rapid expansion in its distribution and successfully colonised much of the rest of the world in the last century.

It is a white bird adorned with buff plumes in the breeding season. It 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. They often accompany cattle or other large mammals, catching insect and small vertebrate prey disturbed by these animals. Some populations are migratory and others show postbreeding dispersal.

The adult cattle egret has few predators, but birds or mammals may raid its nests, and chicks may be lost to starvation, calcium deficiency, or disturbance from other large birds. This species maintains a special relationship with cattle, which extends to other large grazing mammals; wider human farming is believed to be a major cause of their suddenly expanded range. The cattle egret removes ticks and flies from cattle and consumes them. This benefits both species, but it has been implicated in the spread of tick-borne animal diseases.


The cattle egret was first described in 1758 by Carl Linnaeus in his Systema Naturae as Ardea ibis,[2] but was moved to its current genus by Charles Lucien Bonaparte in 1855.[3] Its generic name Bubulcus is Latin for herdsman, referring, like the English name, to this species' association with cattle.[4] Ibis is a Latin and Greek word which originally referred to another white wading bird, the sacred ibis,[5] but was applied to this species in error.[6]

The cattle egret has two geographical races, which are sometimes classified as full species, the western cattle egret, B. ibis, and eastern cattle egret, B. coromandus. The two forms were split by McAllan and Bruce,[7] but were regarded as conspecific by almost all other recent authors until the publication of the influential Birds of South Asia.[8] The eastern subspecies B. i. coromandus, described by Pieter Boddaert in 1783, breeds in South Asia, Eastern Asia, and Australasia, and the western nominate form occupies the rest of the species range, including Western Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.[9] Some authorities recognise a third Seychelles subspecies, B. i. seychellarum, which was first described by Finn Salomonsen in 1934.[10]
B. i. coromandus adult showing the red flush on the legs and bill, present at the height of the breeding season

Despite superficial similarities in appearance, the cattle egret is more closely related to the genus Ardea, which comprises the great or typical herons and the great egret (A. alba), than to the majority of species termed egrets in the genus Egretta.[11] Rare cases of hybridization with little blue herons Egretta caerulea, little egrets E. garzetta, and snowy egrets E. thula have been recorded.[12]

An older English name for the cattle egret is buff-backed heron.[13]
Perched on a cow in Sultanpur National Park, Haryana.

The cattle egret is a stocky heron with an 88–96 cm (34+1⁄2–38 in) wingspan; it is 46–56 cm (18–22 in) long and weighs 270–512 g (9+1⁄2–18 oz).[14] It has a relatively short, thick neck, a sturdy bill, and a hunched posture. The nonbreeding adult has mainly white plumage, a yellow bill, and greyish-yellow legs. During the breeding season, adults of the nominate western subspecies develop orange-buff plumes on the back, breast, and crown, and the bill, legs, and irises become bright red for a brief period prior to pairing.[15] The sexes are similar, but the male is marginally larger and has slightly longer breeding plumes than the female; juvenile birds lack coloured plumes and have a black bill.[14][16]

B. i. coromandus differs from the nominate subspecies in breeding plumage, when the buff colour on its head extends to the cheeks and throat, and the plumes are more golden in colour. This subspecies' bill and tarsi are longer on average than in B. i. ibis.[17] B. i. seychellarum is smaller and shorter-winged than the other forms. It has white cheeks and throat, like B. i. ibis, but the nuptial plumes are golden, as with B. i. coromandus.[10] Individuals with abnormally grey, melanistic plumages have been recorded.[18][19]

The positioning of the egret's eyes allows for binocular vision during feeding,[20] and physiological studies suggest that the species may be capable of crepuscular or nocturnal activity.[21] Adapted to foraging on land, they have lost the ability possessed by their wetland relatives to accurately correct for light refraction by water.[22]
Distribution and habitat
Range expansion in the Americas (click to magnify)

The cattle egret has undergone one of the most rapid and wide-reaching natural expansions of any bird species.[23] It was originally native to parts of southern Spain and Portugal, tropical and subtropical Africa, and humid tropical and subtropical Asia. At the end of the 19th century, it began expanding its range into southern Africa, first breeding in the Cape Province in 1908.[24] Cattle egrets were first sighted in the Americas on the boundary of Guiana and Suriname in 1877, having apparently flown across the Atlantic Ocean.[9][14] In the 1930s, the species is thought to have become established in that area.[25] It is now widely distributed across Brazil and was first discovered in the northern region of the country in 1964, feeding along with buffalos.[26]

The species first arrived in North America in 1941 (these early sightings were originally dismissed as escapees), bred in Florida in 1953, and spread rapidly, breeding for the first time in Canada in 1962.[24] It is now commonly seen as far west as California. It was first recorded breeding in Cuba in 1957, in Costa Rica in 1958, and in Mexico in 1963, although it was probably established before then.[25] In Europe, the species had historically declined in Spain and Portugal, but in the latter part of the 20th century, it expanded back through the Iberian Peninsula, and then began to colonise other parts of Europe, southern France in 1958, northern France in 1981, and Italy in 1985.[24] Breeding in the United Kingdom was recorded for the first time in 2008, only a year after an influx seen in the previous year.[27][28] In 2008, cattle egrets were also reported as having moved into Ireland for the first time.[29] This trend has continued and cattle egrets have become more numerous in southern Britain with influxes in some numbers during the nonbreeding seasons of 2007/08 and 2016/17. They bred in Britain again in 2017, following an influx in the previous winter, and may become established there.[30][31]

In Australia, the colonisation began in the 1940s, with the species establishing itself in the north and east of the continent.[32] It began to regularly visit New Zealand in the 1960s. Since 1948, the cattle egret has been permanently resident in Israel. Prior to 1948, it was only a winter visitor.[33]

The massive and rapid expansion of the cattle egret's range is due to its relationship with humans and their domesticated animals. Originally adapted to a commensal relationship with large grazing and browsing animals, it was easily able to switch to domesticated cattle and horses. As the keeping of livestock spread throughout the world, the cattle egret was able to occupy otherwise empty niches.[34] Many populations of cattle egrets are highly migratory and dispersive,[23] and this has helped the species' range expansion. The species has been seen as a vagrant in various sub-Antarctic islands, including South Georgia, Marion Island, the South Sandwich Islands, and the South Orkney Islands.[35] A small flock of eight birds was also seen in Fiji in 2008.[36]

In addition to the natural expansion of its range, cattle egrets have been deliberately introduced into a few areas. The species was introduced to Hawaii in 1959, and to the Chagos Archipelago in 1955. Successful releases were also made in the Seychelles and Rodrigues, but attempts to introduce the species to Mauritius failed. Numerous birds were also released by Whipsnade Zoo in England, but the species was never established.[37]

Although the cattle egret sometimes feeds in shallow water, unlike most herons, it is typically found in fields and dry grassy habitats, reflecting its greater dietary reliance on terrestrial insects rather than aquatic prey.[38]
Migration and movements

Some populations of cattle egrets are migratory, others are dispersive, and distinguishing between the two can be difficult.[23] In many areas, populations can be both sedentary and migratory. In the Northern Hemisphere, migration is from cooler climes to warmer areas, but cattle egrets nesting in Australia migrate to cooler Tasmania and New Zealand in the winter and return in the spring.[32] Migration in western Africa is in response to rainfall, and in South America, migrating birds travel south of their breeding range in the nonbreeding season.[23] Populations in southern India appear to show local migrations in response to the monsoons. They move north from Kerala after September.[39][40] During winter, many birds have been seen flying at night with flocks of Indian pond herons (Ardeola grayii) on the south-eastern coast of India[41] and a winter influx has also been noted in Sri Lanka.[8]

Young birds are known to disperse up to 5,000 km (3,000 mi) from their breeding area. Flocks may fly vast distances and have been seen over seas and oceans including in the middle of the Atlantic.[42]

A flock in a tree at Jacutinga, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.

A flock in a tree at Jacutinga, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
Cattle egret near Chandigarh.

Cattle egret near Chandigarh.

Ecology and behavior
Multiple contact calls at a nighttime roost.

The cattle egret gives a quiet, throaty rick-rack call at the breeding colony, but is otherwise largely silent.[23]

The cattle egret nests in colonies, which are often found around bodies of water.[23] The colonies are usually found in woodlands near lakes or rivers, in swamps, or on small inland or coastal islands, and are sometimes shared with other wetland birds, such as herons, egrets, ibises, and cormorants. The breeding season varies within South Asia.[8] Nesting in northern India begins with the onset of monsoons in May.[43] The breeding season in Australia is November to early January, with one brood laid per season.[44] The North American breeding season lasts from April to October.[23] In the Seychelles, the breeding season of B.i. seychellarum is April to October.[45]

The male displays in a tree in the colony, using a range of ritualised behaviours, such as shaking a twig and sky-pointing (raising his bill vertically upwards),[46] and the pair forms over 3–4 days. A new mate is chosen in each season and when renesting following nest failure.[47] The nest is a small, untidy platform of sticks in a tree or shrub constructed by both parents. Sticks are collected by the male and arranged by the female, and stick-stealing is rife.[16] The clutch size can be one to five eggs, although three or four is most common. The pale bluish-white eggs are oval-shaped and measure 45 mm × 53 mm (1+3⁄4 in × 2 in).[44] Incubation lasts around 23 days, with both sexes sharing incubation duties.[23] The chicks are partly covered with down at hatching, but are not capable of fending for themselves; they become capable of regulating their temperature at 9–12 days and are fully feathered in 13–21 days.[48] They begin to leave the nest and climb around at 2 weeks, fledge at 30 days and become independent at around the 45th day.[47]

The cattle egret engages in low levels of brood parasitism, and a few instances have been reported of cattle egret eggs being laid in the nests of snowy egrets and little blue herons, although these eggs seldom hatch.[23] Also, evidence of low levels of intraspecific brood parasitism has been found, with females laying eggs in the nests of other cattle egrets. As much as 30% extra-pair copulations has been noted.[49][50]

The dominant factor in nesting mortality is starvation. Sibling rivalry can be intense, and in South Africa, third and fourth chicks inevitably starve.[47] In the dryer habitats with fewer amphibians, the diet may lack sufficient vertebrate content and may cause bone abnormalities in growing chicks due to calcium deficiency.[51] In Barbados, nests were sometimes raided by vervet monkeys,[9] and a study in Florida reported the fish crow and black rat as other possible nest raiders. The same study attributed some nestling mortality to brown pelicans nesting in the vicinity, which accidentally, but frequently, dislodged nests or caused nestlings to fall.[52] In Australia, Torresian crows, wedge-tailed eagles, and white-bellied sea eagles take eggs or young, and tick infestation and viral infections may also be causes of mortality.[16]

Cattle egret egg

Cattle egret egg
Adult feeding a nestling in Apenheul zoo

Adult feeding a nestling in Apenheul zoo
Juvenile on Maui (note black bill)

Juvenile on Maui (note black bill)

A nonbreeding adult eating a frog in the Gambia.

The cattle egret feeds on a wide range of prey, particularly insects, especially grasshoppers, crickets, flies (adults and maggots[53]), beetles,[54] and moths, as well as spiders, frogs, fish, crayfish, small snakes,[54] lizards and earthworms.[55][56] In a rare instance, they have been observed foraging along the branches of a banyan tree for ripe figs.[57] The species is usually found with cattle and other large grazing and browsing animals, and catches small creatures disturbed by the mammals. Studies have shown that cattle egret foraging success is much higher when foraging near a large animal than when feeding singly.[58] When foraging with cattle, it has been shown to be 3.6 times more successful in capturing prey than when foraging alone. Its performance is similar when it follows farm machinery, but it is forced to move more.[59] In urban situations, cattle egrets have also been observed foraging in peculiar situations such as railway lines.[60]

A cattle egret will weakly defend the area around a grazing animal against others of the same species, but if the area is swamped by egrets, it will give up and continue foraging elsewhere. Where numerous large animals are present, cattle egrets selectively forage around species that move at around 5–15 steps per minute, avoiding faster and slower moving herds; in Africa, cattle egrets selectively forage behind plains zebras, waterbuck, blue wildebeest and Cape buffalo.[61] Dominant birds feed nearest to the host, and thus obtain more food.[16]

The cattle egret sometimes shows versatility in its diet. On islands with seabird colonies, it will prey on the eggs and chicks of terns and other seabirds.[37] During migration, it has also been reported to eat exhausted migrating landbirds.[62] Birds of the Seychelles race also indulge in some kleptoparasitism, chasing the chicks of sooty terns and forcing them to disgorge food.[63]

Pairs of crested caracaras have been observed chasing cattle egrets in flight, forcing them to the ground, and killing them.[64]
B. i. seychellarum waiting for scraps at the fish market of Victoria, Seychelles.

This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 10,000,000 km2 (4,000,000 sq mi). Its global population estimated to be 3.8–6.7 million individuals. For these reasons, the species is evaluated as least concern.[1] The expansion and establishment of the species over large ranges, though, has led it to be classed as an invasive species (although little, if any impact has been noted yet).[65]
Relationship with humans

A conspicuous species, the cattle egret has attracted many common names. These mostly relate to its habit of following cattle and other large animals, and it is known variously as cow crane, cow bird or cow heron, or even elephant bird or rhinoceros egret.[23] Its Arabic name, abu qerdan, means "father of ticks", a name derived from the huge number of parasites such as avian ticks found in its breeding colonies.[23][66] The Maasai people consider the presence of large numbers of cattle egrets as an indicator of impending drought and use it to decide on moving their cattle herds.[67]

The cattle egret is a popular bird with cattle ranchers for its perceived role as a biocontrol of cattle parasites such as ticks and flies.[23] A study in Australia found that cattle egrets reduced the number of flies that bothered cattle by pecking them directly off the skin.[68] It was the benefit to stock that prompted ranchers and the Hawaiian Board of Agriculture and Forestry to release the species in Hawaii.[37][69][70]

Not all interactions between humans and cattle egrets are beneficial. The cattle egret can be a safety hazard to aircraft due to its habit of feeding in large groups in the grassy verges of airports,[71] and it has been implicated in the spread of animal infections such as heartwater, infectious bursal disease,[72] and possibly Newcastle disease.[73][74]

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