New York Natural Heritage Program
Cattle Egret
Bubulcus ibis (Linnaeus, 1758)

New York State Distribution [-]
In New York, cattle egrets have been found breeding on the non-barrier salt marsh islands of Long Island, the Four Brothers Islands in southern Lake Champlain, and on Little Galloo Island in eastern Lake Ontario (New York Natural Heritage 2009).

Global Distribution [-]
A native of Africa, the Cattle Egret‘s rapid range expansion has resulted in this species being found breeding on every continent except for Antarctica, although it has been spotted flying near islands off its coast. In the United States, it is found in every state except for New Hampshire, West Virginia, Montana, and Washington (Telfair 2006). Cattle Egrets that nest in the northern part of North America generally winter in the southern states, with Florida and southern California harboring the largest concentrations of them in the winter (Telfair 2006; NatureServe 2009).
Best Places to See
• Four Brothers Islands Preserve, Adirondack Park (Essex County)
• Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Kings County)
• North and South Brother Islands (Bronx County)