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Cattle Egret

(engl: Cattle Egret)

Useful partnership 

Unlike other heron species, the Cattle Egret finds most of its food out of the water. As a faithful companion of wild ungulate herds, they feed on startled insects and smaller vertebrates. They also like to ride on the backs of grazing cattle and pick ticks and other parasites from their bodies. 

On the way to world domination 

As a "cultural follower", the Cattle Egret likes to live close to humans and their pets. Steadily growing livestock populations have enabled them to spread worldwide over the past 50 years.

Kuhreiher,  Foto: Susanne Fischer
Verbreitungsgebiet: Kuhreiher
Verbreitungsgebiet: Kuhreiher
Scientific Surname Bubulcus ibis
Order Wader
Family Ardeidae
Size 50 cm
Weight 400 g
Reproduction breeding period: 25 days, 2-6 eggs
Distribution Africa, Asia, South America
Habitat wetlands, waters, ocean
Food Insects, small vertebrates
Livestock not endangered