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How does the cattle egret help the buffalo?
Last Updated: 23rd May, 2020
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Besides, why the egret takes a ride on a buffalo?
Egret sitting on the buffalo warns the buffalo of any danger and flies away. Also egret eats the insect on the buffalo's body and rests while sitting on the buffalo.
Also, why do egrets hang around cows? As their name implies, Cattle Egrets are fond of cattle. However, they don't eat cattle. They are called “Cattle” Egrets because they are attracted to the insects that the big animals stir up as they move about the fields. And if there are no cattle to be found, the birds will look for something else to stir things up.
Then, what is the relationship between egrets and cattle?
What type of interaction does the cattle egret exhibit with the buffalo?
Explanation: Usually cattle egrets follow herds of large hoofed mammals (ungulates, such as cattle, buffalo, etc). They eat the insects that have been stirred up by the buffalo as they move. This relationship is commensalism, because the birds benefit but the ungulate is neither harmed nor helped.