The bravest is the honey badger, hippo the strongest, cheetah the fastest, and the egret – egrets have sort of binocular vision which gives them depth perception which most birds who have eyes on either side of their head don’t, so Ono our egret is the keenest of sight.

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Egrets are birds that appear in The Lion Guard universe. They live in the Pride Lands.


In the Real World

Cattle egrets have buff or white feathers. They develop buff or golden plumes during breeding season. Their necks are relatively short, and their bodies are somewhat hunched.

In The Lion Guard

Egrets have milky white feathers with plumed heads. Their plume is usually cream or buff in color, as are their wing tips and a ring around their necks. They have long, thin, black-striped legs and orange beaks. Their eyelids are shiny and pale lavender.


In the Real World

Cattle egrets eat insects, spiders, frogs, worms, figs, and berries. Female egrets lay between one and five eggs. Their wingspan is usually around 35–38".

In The Lion Guard

Their eyes sometimes shimmer. Egrets that lose their crest or tail feathers are able to regrow them rapidly, beginning to form in under a day.[2]


The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

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The flock scatters

When Kion and Bunga are running through the Pride Lands, they charge through a flock of egrets. A young egret named Ono spots the two playing friends and calls out a warning to his flock, who immediately take wing.

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An egret stands on a gazelle's neck

During the song Tonight We Strike, an egret is shown twice, once huddled up with a group of animals and once perched on the back of a gazelle.

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Ono is triumphant after defeating Mzingo

Later, Ono is seen targeting an insect to eat. Just as he dives, Bunga leaps out of the grass and greets him loudly. Kion invites Ono to join the Lion Guard due to his exceptional eyesight, and Ono accepts. Ono later battles Mzingo and helps drive off Janja's clan.

The Lion Guard

A flock of egrets is seen in the opening title. Ono the egret, the Lion Guard's keenest of sight, appears in all of The Lion Guard episodes.

Bunga the Wise

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An egret waits in line during Bunga the Wise

An egret appears waiting in line to ask Bunga for advice during the song Bunga the Wise.

Fuli's New Family

Ono invites Fuli the cheetah to hunt with him and the other egrets. He explains to her that the egrets eat the bugs that the elephants kick up when they walk.

Egrets appear during the episode Follow That Hippo!

Follow That Hippo!

A flock of egrets is shown flying during the song Hero Inside.

The Call of the Drongo

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Four flying egrets

As Kion looks over the Pride Lands, a flock of egrets is shown flying overhead.

The Imaginary Okapi

Near the end of Life in the Pride Lands, a flock of egrets fly over the Pride Lands.

Ono's Idol

Multiple egrets appear when they wait for the arrival of Hadithi and during the song Hadithi the Hero.

Beshte and the Hippo Lanes

A flock of egrets can be seen at the beginning flying over the Pride Lands. Then, a few of them flying near a young rhino scaring him as they fly away.

The Ukumbusho Tradition

Just as the Ukumbusho is about to start, an egret flies over Mizimu Grove.

Timon and Pumbaa's Christmas

Eleven egrets (including Ono) perform in The Twelve Ways of Christmas

The Scorpion's Sting

Some egrets attend the celebration.

Undercover Kinyonga

Ono scans the skies of the Outlands to gather intelligence, but Mzingo and Mwoga chase him away before he can learn much.

Notable Egrets in The Lion Guard


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