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April 15, 2020

Striated Heron Butorides striata

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“The striated heron (Butorides striata), also known as the little heron, is a small heron, about 44 cm tall. Striated herons are mostly non-migratory. Their breeding habitat is small wetlands in the Old World tropics from west Africa to Japan and Australia… This bird was long considered to be conspecific with the closely related North American species, the green heron, which is now usually separated as B. virescens, as well as the lava heron of the Gal├ípagos Islands (now B. sundevalli).”

Striated Heron
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

“Adults have a blue-grey back and wings, white underparts, a black cap, a dark line extends from the bill to under the eye and short yellow legs. Juveniles are browner above and streaked below.

These birds stand still at the water’s edge and wait to ambush prey, but are easier to see than many small heron species. They mainly eat small fish, frogs and aquatic insects.” (wiki)

Striated Heron
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)


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