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cattle egret

an egret, Bubulcus ibis, cosmopolitan in warmer regions, often associating with grazing animals for the insects that hover around them.
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First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If it were as showy as the cattle egret its intended victims would “see it coming” and mock at it.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar

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