Cattle Egret in Breeding Plumage

Tom Newman

Frankston, Australia

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Cattle Egret at Melbourne Zoo in Orange breeding plumage
The breeding season in Australia is November to early January, with one brood laid per season.
The Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a cosmopolitan species of heron (family Ardeidae) found in the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate zones.
During the breeding season, adults of the nominate western subspecies develop orange-buff plumes on the back, breast and crown, and the bill, legs and irises become bright red for a brief period prior to pairing.
The sexes are similar, but the male is marginally larger and has slightly longer breeding plumes than the female; juvenile birds lack coloured plumes and have a black bill.
~ Wikipedia
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