Watchable Wildlife Manitoba

Cattle Egret


Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret
Photo by Robert R. Taylor
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The Cattle Egret is a member of the heron family. You are more likely to see it in pastures feeding on insects stirred up by animals or tractors, then in aquatic habitats. They tend to forage in flocks.

The amazing thing about the Cattle Egret is that it is native to Africa and Asia. It was first found in South America in 1877, thought to have flown over from Africa. By 1941 it had spread to the United States and is now found in southern Canada. We don’t have a lot of them but you can see them occasionally at Whitewater Lake WMA and Oak Hammock Marsh.