What they look like
Mainly white in colour, the cattle egret is a small heron-like bird that features a dull orange colour to its head, neck, chest and of rear tail feathers. It has a bright beak that changes in colour, starting off a pink/purple colour by the eyes, before changing to dark orange and then yellow at the tip. They also have long, thin legs that help them wade through wetlands and marshlands.
- The cattle egret gets its name from hanging around herds of cattle.
- During breeding season, the feathers on their head and back turn an orange/red colour.
What they eat
They live off ticks and flies on cattle.
Wetlands, grasslands and farmlands.
Where they live
Native to Asia, Africa and Europe, this species expanded on a global scale and has now colonised most of the world.