Western Cattle Egret
The cattle egret feeds on a wide range of prey, particularly insects, especially grasshoppers, crickets, flies (adults and maggots), and moths, as well as spiders, frogs, lizards, and earthworms.
Cattle Egrets are native to Africa but have spread across the world throughout North and South America, southeast Asia, and Australia. They are often found in upland areas such as pastures and fields, generally focusing on drier habitats than other species of white herons.
It forages at the feet of grazing cattle, head bobbing with each step, or rides on their backs to pick at ticks.
Cattle Egrets are different from other species of egrets in that they have much shorter and thicker necks. This stocky white heron has yellow feathers on its head and neck during breeding season.