|Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan)
|Date Taken: 2008-01-28|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-02-01 8:46|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a widespread resident in India. This bird is ckicked in the garden of Taj Mahal at Agra.|
Identification: Length: 17 inches Wingspan: 37 inches. Sexes similar. Short, thick pointed bill either dull orange or yellow. White body plumage and legs dull orange. Tucks neck in close to body in flight and often at rest, rarely extending it. Often seen feeding in pastures or other open habitats away from water.
Adult alternate: Only very briefly attains full alternate plumage. Deep red bill. Deep red legs. Buffy feathering around the head, neck and back. Immature: Black bill turns pale yellow by early fall. Dusky legs.
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