• Incubation: 22-26 days
• Clutch Size: 2-6 eggs
• Young Fledge: 30 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: insects
• Ohio Status: Endangered
The cattle egret is slightly smaller and stockier than the snowy egret. During the breeding season, it develops a buff color on its head, breast, and back. It is all white during other times of the year. The legs and bill (normally yellow) turn a pinkish color during the breeding season.
Habitat and Habits
Cattle egrets are not strictly wetland birds; they often forage in dry pastures and fields. Their name is fitting, as they frequently follow cattle, picking up the insects they stir up. Their vocalizations are a short series of metallic clucks.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
Egrets nest in colonies with other wading birds and will build a nest out of sticks and other materials wherever it can be supported. The male and female share responsibility in incubating and raising the young.