Can somebody please identify this bird for me?
I spotted this in July 2012 while birding in Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary.
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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:
Breeding cattle egret with colored feathers.
Nonbreeding cattle egret, completely white.