The Cattle Egret Expansion

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I’d like to introduce you to a diminutive heron, the Cattle Egret Bubuclus ibis. The Cattle Egret is native to Africa, where it is a familiar sight among herds of large mammals. Cattle Egret is more closely related to herons in the genus Ardea then the species termed egrets in the genus Egretta. It arrived near the border of Guiana and Suriname in 1877, though it wasn’t until the 1930′s before this species became really established in the new world.