Bubulcus ibis | cattle egret


The cattle egret is extremely widespread since its introduction to Hawaiʻi from Florida in 1959 to control insect pests. Easy to spot, these 20-inch long white birds are often seen in large groups, usually near ponds. Look for their perfect “V” formation as they fly in flocks. They pose a threat to native water birds as they are aggressive chick hunters.

Hotspots for cattle egret

Keāhole Point

Open Ocean


Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park

Coastal Wetland

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Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Halapepe and ʻŌhiʻa Trails

Dry forestPasture and grasslands


Wailoa River State Park

Coastal Wetland

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Loko Waka Pond

Coastal Wetland

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