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    Cattle Egret Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Compared with other herons, Cattle Egrets are noticeably small and compact. They have relatively short legs and a short thick neck. The straight, daggerlike bill is shorter and thicker than other herons. They have medium-length, broad, rounded wings.

      Relative Size

      Smaller and stockier than a Snowy Egret; larger than a Rock Pigeon.

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      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 18.1-22.1 in (46-56 cm)
        • Weight: 9.5-18.1 oz (270-512 g)
        • Wingspan: 34.6-37.8 in (88-96 cm)