cattle egret

noun

: a small Old World white egret (Bubulcus ibis) introduced into the New World and having a yellow bill and in the breeding season buff on the crown, breast, and back

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Three redheads, a cattle egret and a common gallinule at Hummock Pond, and two more cattle egrets at Bartlett’s Farm. Isabela Rocha, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Oct. 2022 Four blue-winged teal, a cattle egret, and a veery at Squantum, two piping plovers at Wollaston Beach, six purple martins at Stony Brook Sanctuary in Norfolk, and a Louisiana waterthrush at Fowl Meadow in Canton. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Apr. 2022 Worcester County: The region hosted a cackling goose at the Davis Farmland and a cattle egret on Redstone Hill Road, both in Sterling. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Nov. 2021 Franklin County: The area also hosted a cattle egret in the Whately/Deerfield area, as well as one of the first seasonal reports of a Northern shrike at the Orange Airport. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Nov. 2021 Plymouth County: The area is hosting a king eider in the Nantasket Beach area of Hull, as many as five sandhill cranes at Burrage Pond Wildlife Area in Hanson, and a cattle egret at Daniel Webster Sanctuary in Marshfield. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Nov. 2021 Highlights included a cattle egret in South Hadley, four black vultures in Hadley, a common gallinule in Hatfield, and two evening grosbeaks in Amherst. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Nov. 2021 Other reports included a Philadelphia vireo and a mourning warbler at Santuit Pond in Mashpee, a common redpoll at North Beach, and a cattle egret at South Monomoy Island. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Oct. 2021 These measures include surveillance of dense tree canopies, and when a cattle egret or night heron is seen, some loud noises. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, 22 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cattle egret was circa 1899

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“Cattle egret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cattle%20egret. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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