White plumage; short, yellow bill; black legs. Breeding adults have orange crown, back, breast, and legs.
Nests in colonies. Often feeds in flocks around cattle.
Cattle egrets feed on insects.
Near water sources and agricultural land mainly in the Jordan River Valley. Builds stick nests on trees, bushes, and among reeds. Passage migrants fly south in autumn and north in spring over the Azraq, the Northern Highlands, and the Jordan Valley.