The Republic of Belarus
The Cattle Egret
The cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a widespread bird species of Ardeidae family. They are typically found in open-space areas, bogs, freshwater habitats and cultivated lands. The cattle egret has expanded its habitat to six continents, during the last fifty years they populated North and South America, Australia and New Zealand. According to experts, the expansion of egret’s range is a result of human activities, especially globalization of cattle breeding.
These birds feed together with grazing mammals or cattle, eating insects and small animals. They were so named because of their habit to accompany animals in the pasture. In different languages the cattle egret took its name from this peculiarity (it is known as “cow bird”, “elephant bird”, “cow crane”, “rhinoceros egret”, “cow heron”). The cattle egret doesn’t feel fear of people and often settle near human habitations.
The cattle egret is also included in the List of birds of Belarus.
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