The easiest way to separate Cattle Egrets from Little Egrets is by their short, yellow rather than long, black bills, but Cattle Egrets are also smaller and more squat in shape with shorter, thicker necks and less elegant heads.
Often seen feeding around cattle waiting to pick off disturbed insects. Birds that feed around cattle's feet get more insects than those that feed elsewhere. Thus Egrets may compete with each other for a favoured spot , even riding on the backs of animals.
An annual vagrant to Britain, usually in spring and summer to the south and east coasts.