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Can somebody please identify this bird for me?

I spotted this in July 2012 while birding in Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary.

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A snowy egret that got "into" some fermented canteloupe, then slept it off. –  BobStein-VisiBone Aug 11 at 13:20

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This is a Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), which is a heron in its breeding plumage. When not breeding, the bird is white. See the images for comparision:

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Breeding cattle egret with colored feathers.

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Nonbreeding cattle egret, completely white.

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Just an addition, this is the bird's breeding plumage. Non-breeding individuals are just white. –  Chinmay Kanchi Aug 11 at 9:00
    
Good point, I added it to the answer. –  Chris Aug 11 at 9:11

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