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Capped Heron Pilherodius pileatus

  • Order: Pelecaniformes
  • Family: Ardeidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: F. E. Buderman


Schomburgk (cited in Wetmore 1965) claims that the Capped Heron lays two eggs and that the nest is built in low trees. Captive breeding in Miami, USA indicates that a female may lay 2-4 dull white eggs (Hancock and Kushlan 1985), incubation lasts 26-27 days, and that the chick has white down (Hancock and Kushlan 1984, Martínez-Vilata and Motis 1992).  However, these captive individuals failed to have any young survive, possibly due to a deficient diet or abnormal behavior in the adults (Hancock and Elliott 1978). Based on birds with a similar biology, it's likely that they maintain family groups and care for young after fledging (Kushlan and Hancock 2005). There may be a two cycle breeding pattern, with northern and southern populations breeding at different times of the year (Hancock and Elliott 1978).

Recommended Citation

Buderman, F. E. (2010). Capped Heron (Pilherodius pileatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.