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Squacco Heron

(Ardeola ralloides)
German name(s): "Rallenreiher"
Size: 40-49 cm; wing span 71-86 cm
Weight: 290 g (average)

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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 Squacco Heron at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

BREEDING

Near-frontal view of a Squacco Heron in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, May 2014]

Near-frontal view of a Squacco Heron in partial breeding plumage overlooking its territory - a fish farm - from an elevated perch
(photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Near Temerin, Serbia, July 2017]

Near-lateral view of a Squacco Heron in partial breeding plumage; click on image to see, for comparison, a Great [White] Egret
(photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Santa Justa, Coruche, Portugal, February 2018]

Lateral view of a Squacco Heron in partial breeding plumage (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Near Becej, Serbia, July 2017]

Partly obscured lateral view of a Squacco Heron in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Near Becej, Serbia, in July 2017]

Dorsal view of a Squacco Heron in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Santa Justa, Coruche, Portugal, February 2018]

NON-BREEDING

Near-frontal view of a Squacco Heron in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mequinenza, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain, September 2019]

Near-lateral view of a Squacco Heron in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mequinenza, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain, September 2019]

Near-lateral view of a Squacco Heron in non-breeding plumage, now in an upright stance (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mequinenza, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain, September 2019]

Near-lateral view of a Squacco Heron in non-breeding plumage hunting in a shallow wetland (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)

Lateral view of a Squacco Heron in non-breeding plumage ready to pounce (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)

Lateral view of a Squacco Heron in non-breeding plumage; it is hard to believe that these skinny legs can keep the bird in balance... (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, February 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a Squacco Heron in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Santa Justa, Coruche, Santarem, Portugal, January 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Squacco Heron in non-breeding plumage, different posture (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, February 2017]

Near-dorsal view onto the upperparts of a Squacco Heron in non-breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mequinenza, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain, September 2019]

Dorsal view of a Squacco Heron in non-breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Santa Justa, Coruche, Santarem, Portugal, January 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Non-breeding adults (above) and immature birds have the same plumage.

Food, Diet

All egrets and herons prey on aquatic creatures in fresh water or estuaries (fish, frogs, snakes or crustaceans).

Squacco Heron in non-breeding plumage with its prey, a fish (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mequinenza, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain, September 2019]

Lateral view of a Squacco Heron in non-breeding plumage with its prey, a freshwater crayfish (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, February 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a Squacco Heron in non-breeding plumage with its prey, a freshwater crayfish (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, February 2017]

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