Cattle Egrets recorded per party hr on the Honolulu Christmas Count, 1944-2014

(see Count Page). The data indicate general declines (both here and on the Kapa'a

Christmas Count) after initial island-wide expansion in population and abundance,

beginning with release in 1959 and peaking in the early 1970s. Despite the declines,

Cattle Egrets remain a common sight in Hawaii and are regarded as pests, posing

hazards to aircraft and predating the nests of native waterbirds.


Species account


Graphs of Christmas Count data developed as part of The Birds of the Hawaiian

Islands: Occurrence, History, Distribution, and Status by Robert L. Pyle and Peter Pyle