Thursday, 21 January 2010

Why is a Cattle Egret called that?

The cattle egret, (Bubulcus ibis) is usually found near cattle which are grazing.

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They prey on little creatures such as insects and frogs, that are disturbed by the cattle. This strategy finds them much better success than when feeding singly.

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Usually only single birds appear associated with a single animal, however, when groups are found, they appear around fast moving cattle.

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This habit of following cattle has earned it the name – cattle egret, but it is also referred to variously as the cow crane, cow bird or cow heron, or even elephant bird, rhinoceros egret.

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1 comment:

  1. Beautiful, mirror lens trademark there.
    This is Cow Egret and I pick the second last pic. ;)

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