This wading bird gets its common name, Cattle Egret, from its habit of commonly wandering alongside herds of cattle and other animals. It can be easily spotted and identified by its stocky appearance and hunched posture, even when it is standing, as it moves alongside herds of cattle or perches on them. Unlike other Herons and Egrets, this species typically feeds in dry fields, often following cattle or other grazing animals and picking up insects flushed out by them. The massive and rapid expansion of the cattle egret’s range is due to its relationship with humans and their domesticated animals.
Status in Gujarat