Sunday, December 13, 2009

Open Field Egret

If you are driving around Jurong or Woodlands area, you will notice that there are white birds feeding on the open field area. There are usually Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis). Which means they usually feed near cattle. However, we do not have cattle feeding in the open area in this tiny island of Singapore. May be Open field egret is more appropriate common name in Singapore. :-)

In other country, they are seen fedding in pady field and will perch on the back of the cattle, hence their common name.

For adult non-breeding Cattle egret, they have yellow bill & black leg. If not of the size, it is so looks like Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermediata) or even Great Egret (Casmerodius albus)! This is a Great egret. Don't you think they looks very similar?
This is also Cattle egret with breeding plumage!

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