I’m the colony’s favourite, tra la la la la!
eating mealworms from the keeper’s arm!
being mistaken for an egret!
About Cattle egret – Jack
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Native to :
Africa, also common in Europe, particularly in France
Maximum size :
Conservation status :
when nesting, the male has an orange plumage, while his beak and legs turn red. The female lays three or four eggs in a nest which she makes herself; the male brings the materials for its construction. After 22 to 26 days of incubation, the baby heron comes out of the egg and is fed by both parents. After a month, baby birds try to take flight!
omnivorous (insects, fish, worms, fruit, vegetables, plants – and biscuits!)
this heron lives near streams and grasslands where it takes advantage of the presence of livestock to feed on worms and other insects. A colony can include up to a thousand individual birds!
Location in the Tropical Reserve :
the birds are free to fly; their nests are in the roof of the hothouse – you can take a closer look at them during the daily event on Bird Island