Bubulcus ibis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name: 
Cattle Egret

South-eastern, south-western and northern mainland Australia and Tasmania.

Ecological Notes: 

Inhabits grasslands, woodlands and wetlands, and is not common in arid areas. It also forages in pastures and croplands, especially where drainage is poor. The Cattle Egret preys upon grasshoppers, especially during breeding season, but eats many other invertebrates and vertebrates including frogs, cane toads, lizards and some small mammals.

Additional Notes: 

Its sharp bill is used in a lunging and stabbing manner. The Cattle Egret often feeds by following large animals such as cattle, grabbing insects and worms that they disturb with their feet. 


Atlas of Living Australia at Bubulcus ibis Accessed 29 July 2020.
Birdlife Australia at https://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/cattle-egret Accessed 27 July 2020.