Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves (Birds) Order: Ciconiiformes Family: Ardeidae
Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a widespread resident in India.
Identification: Length: 17 inches Wingspan: 37 inches. Sexes similar. Short, thick pointed bill either dull orange or yellow. White body plumage and legs dull
orange. Tucks neck in close to body in flight and often at rest, rarely extending it. Often seen feeding in pastures or other open habitats away from water.
Adult alternate: Only very briefly attains full alternate plumage. Deep red bill. Deep red legs. Buffy feathering around the head, neck and back.
Immature: Black bill turns pale yellow by early fall. Dusky legs.