Definition of cattle egret in English:

cattle egret

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noun

  • A small white heron which feeds around grazing cattle and game herds. Native to southern Eurasia and Africa, it colonized North and South America and Australasia in the 20th century.
    • Bubulcus (or Ardeola) ibis, family Ardeidae
    More example sentences
    • In the flooded fields there were some cattle egrets and small shorebirds.
    • On the helicopter ride back to my base I passed over some fields I think may have been growing rice. I saw more cattle egrets and a not very satisfying view of a purple heron.
    • In August, when I visit, cattle egrets nest in massive cypress tree canopies.

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