No.143 Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis L=50cm Rank : 3
Passage Migrant

Migrates to Asakawa River basin in May; Sometimes seen in rice paddies at Takatsuki, etc.; stays for a rather short period. Although its plumage is all white, the birdfs head, neck, and back turn buffy orange in summer, hence its name gama-sagihin Japanese (gamahmeansgtow-coloredhin Japanese). Smaller than Little Egret, with shorter yellow bill.

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Adult, Summer Plumage

Foraging