Cattle Egret

White slim neck,long legs,
Eats the bugs after mowing,
Flying gracefully.

The Cattle Egret is a member of the Heron family. Standing 20 inches high and weighing about 4 ounces, it is a slim, white bird with a long neck, yellow beak and legs. This little Egret is native to Spain, Asia, and Africa. In the 1800's, they migrated to South America. They are now commonly found on every continent except Antarctica.

In Hawaii, they are commonly found on Kauai, Oahu, Moloka'i, and Lana'i. They were introduced from Florida in 1959 to help with insect control. Local ranchers hoped the Egrets would control flies and other insects which bother cattle. The first 25 Egrets in Hawaii were released in 1959. A total of 105 Egrets were released at Parker Ranch on Hawaii, Maui, Moloka'i Ranch and at the Honolulu Zoo.