They are white all over with black legs and yellow beaks (in juvenile and non-breeding plumage). They do have a completely different technique when it comes to fishing, compared to the little egret - it's much more like the grey heron. They use their long, sharp beaks to capture their food.
Their diets mainly consist of insects, fish and frogs.
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A large and gregarious heron that can be found across the lowlands and wetlands of South America. The Cocoi Heron is monotypic and can be fairly easy and common to see in its range.
Despite their large frame, these greyish-white birds are elegant and graceful, often found statuesque beside ponds.
Originating in Africa, the western Mediterranean and sub-tropical Asia, the cattle egret has expanded naturally over the last hundred years to South America in the late 1800’s and North America as recently as the early 1950’s. Australia recorded its first migrants in 1940 whilst New Zealand’s population of egrets was established as late as 1960.
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