Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

This is the blog that I was planning to write before I caught sick. The Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) is a small Heron that breeds and southern Europe and the greater Middle East. Its wintering range is in Africa. I saw the species in the Chobe River, Botswana.

Uncommon to locally fairly common summer migrant to southern Europe from winter grounds in Africa and Iberia. Favors fresh marshes, lakes, and ponds with reeds and other surrounding vegetation. Tends to hunt rather sluggishly, hunched quietly at the edge of the water. At rest appears buffy brown overall, but in flight transforms to mostly white when white wings and tail revealed. Breeding adult has rich buffy neck; nonbreeding and immature have streaked neck.

Frogs are the favorite prey of Squacco Heron, but it also feeds on insects and fish.
It feeds along brooks and close to marshy waters, near cover. It adopts a horizontal posture when fishing.

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

One thought on “Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.