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Cattle Egrets are known for the orange-buff plumes on their crown, back, and breast. They have traditionally followed, or perched on, cows or other large mammals, eating the insects stirred up by those animals. While the Snowy Egrets and Great Egrets struggled to survive the period around the end of the 19th century, when their feathers were in demand for ladies' hats, the Cattle Egrets did not even arrive in North America until the 1940's. Originally native to parts of Spain, Portugal, Asia and Africa, they have now accomplished one of the fastest and most wide reaching expansions of any bird species. They are found from Florida to California, and up into Canada. Cattle Egrets are the last of the egret species to arrive on Avery Island each spring.

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