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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
Wissenschaftl. Name Bubulcus ibis
Ordnung Wader
Familie Ardeidae
Größe bis 50 cm
Gewicht bis 400 g
Fortpflanzung 2-6 Eier, Brutdauer 25 Tage
Verbreitung Africa, Asia, South America
Lebensraum wetlands, waters, ocean
Nahrung Insects, small vertebrates
Bestand not endangered