cattle egret


Definition of cattle egret

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web In recent years, 500 to 700 cattle egrets have nested at Bird Island throughout the winter. Peggy O’hare,, "Bird Island on San Antonio’s West Side looks vastly different after cleanup effort," 20 Jan. 2020 Work crews soon will begin trimming trees and clearing underbrush at Bird Island, a haven for about 1,000 cattle egrets at Elmendorf Lake, to help prevent a potentially catastrophic bird strike involving military aircraft. Scott Huddleston,, "Egrets on San Antonio’s Bird Island to face shock and awe," 2 Dec. 2019 City contractors plan to begin trimming trees and brush this afternoon as part of a multi-phase attempt to evict as many as 1,000 cattle egrets from a space known as Bird Island in Elmendorf Lake on the West Side. Alia Malik,, "San Antonio begins clearing out its ‘Bird Island’," 4 Dec. 2019 The Corolla Wild Horse Fund recently shared a photo of a two-foot cattle egret riding on the back of a brown horse named Amadeo Jr. on Facebook—a common occurrence amongst wild horse populations. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: There’s a Very Good Explanation for This Wild Horse-Riding Bird, Thank You Very Much," 21 Aug. 2019 On a recent day, the hospital’s patients included: 37 dogs, eight cats, six soft-shell turtles, two ducks, two rabbits and a cattle egret with a broken wing. Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, "Stray Dogs Started Turning Blue. Then the Street Mobilized.," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of cattle egret

circa 1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Cattle egret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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