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Squacco Heron

(Ardeola ralloides)
Size: 40-49 cm; wing span 71-86 cm


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

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Sex unknown


Photos of a Squacco Heron in breeding plumage were taken in Europe.


Close-up view of a Squacco Heron hunting in a shallow wetland (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)


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

Lateral view of a Squacco Heron
[Qurm, December 2009]

Lateral view of a Squacco Heron
[Qurm, December 2009]

This is how far a Squacco Heron can stretch its neck
[Qurm, December 2009]

A more open view reveals that a Squacco Heron really is more neck than anything else (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)

Food, Diet

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

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