Cattle Egret near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.
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Scientific Name : Bubulcus ibis
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Pelecaniformes
Family : Ardeidae
Genus : Bubulcus
Species : B. ibis
How do I identify this bird:
Take a good look at the photo gallery above and observe the birds carefully and note the following:
- These Egrets are about 48-53 cms long.
- They are short and stocky.
- They have a short yellow bill.
- they have short legs with black feet.
- In the breeding plumage they have an orange-buff on their head , neck and mantle.
- In non-breeding pure white plumage.
- They can be distinguished from the little egret by the colour of their bill which is yellow and not black.
- Both male and female are alike.
Where do I find this bird:
- Around DPS Tapi and DPS Surat they are very common.
- They are mostly seen with grazing cattle, stalking energetically alongside the animals, running in and out between their legs or riding on top of their backs.
- They do this to try and pick insects which fall off into the grass.
- During the paddy planting season they are found in large flocks in the paddy fields not only near DPS Tapi and DPS Surat but around most of the city.
- They also feed on grasshoppers, frogs lizard, fish and other flies and insects.
- Their nesting season is generally between June – August.
- They make their nests generally atop large leafy trees by making an untidy platform with twigs just like that of the Crow’s.
Hindi : Gai-bagle, Badami bagla, Doria Bagla, Surkhia bagla
Marathi : Gochandi khao
Bengali : Gai bak, Go bak
Assamese : Jobogali
Tamil : Unni kokku