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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    Measurements
    • 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)