Cattle Egret stout bin

A small, stocky heron with a short neck and a stout bill, this species specializes in associating with grazing animals in open country. It is often seen walking on the ground in a herd of cattle, catching the insects that the animals disturb with their feet, picking flics off them, and flying up to use them as temporary perches. Apart from insects, it takes any I other small animal that it finds. Cattle Kgrets roost communally in trees or on the ground near water and nest in colonics in trees or bushes, in reedbeds or other swamps, or on rocky islands.

• NEST a shallow cup nest of sticks and reed stems, in a tree.

• Distribution North and

South America, S. Europe,

Africa, and Asia to Australia.

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