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Striated Heron

(Butorides striatus)
Alternate name(s): "Mangrove Heron", "Little (Green) Heron", "Green-backed Heron"
Size: 45-50 cm; wing span 60-70 cm
Weight: 210-260 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Striated Heron at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "macrorhyncha"

ADULT

Frontal view of a Striated Heron (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[South West Rocks, NSW, July 2017]

Near-frontal view of a Striated Heron resting in mangroves
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, February 2012]

Near-lateral view of a Striated Heron (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Cape Tribulation, Daintree NP, QLD, March 2015]

Lateral view of a Striated Heron; the bird was waiting for the outgoing tide to expose the mudflat underneath its perch
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, February 2012]

Lateral view of a Striated Heron in cryptic posture (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, July 2017]

Dorsal view of a Striated Heron (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, July 2017]

Dorsal view of a Striated Heron in flight
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, January 2011]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of a sub-adult Striated Heron (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Paradise Dam, Burnett River, near Gayndah, QLD, April 2016]

Near-frontal view of a sub-adult Striated Heron (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Paradise Dam, Burnett River, near Gayndah, QLD, April 2016]

Near-frontal view of a sub-adult Striated Heron (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Paradise Dam, Burnett River, near Gayndah, QLD, April 2016]

Near-frontal view of an immature Striated Heron looking for prey
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, March 2015]

Near-frontal view of an immature Striated Heron showing its yellow gape
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, March 2015]

Near-lateral view of an immature Striated Heron hunting in a mudflat
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, March 2015]

Lateral view of an immature Striated Heron
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, March 2015]

Lateral view of an immature Striated Heron stalking its prey
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, March 2015]

Immature Striated Heron hunting in salt water from a rocky point (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Race "stagnatilis"

Lateral view of a Striated Heron hunting on a rock platform (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin, NT, in March 2013]

Near-dorsal view of a Striated Heron hunting on a rock platform (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin, NT, in March 2013]

Lateral view of a Striated Heron flying over a beach to reach its new hunting ground (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Roebuck Bay, WA, April 2015]

Striated Heron flying over coastal waters to reach its new hunting ground (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Roebuck Bay, WA, April 2015]

While banking to land, this Striated Heron provided a view of its upperwing plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Roebuck Bay, WA, April 2015]

Race "brevipes"(?)

Photos of Striated Herons, race "brevipes"(?), were taken in Oman.

Food, Diet

This Striated Heron has caught a small fish (photo courtesy of B. Kinross)
[Beachmere, QLD, February 2012]

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