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Striated Heron Butorides striata


Striated Heron is found in both freshwater and saltwater marshes from eastern Panama south to northern Argentina. Only a single subspecies is found in the New World; an additional 24 subspecies occur in Africa, Asia, and Australia. This small heron has a black forehead and crown, greenish-black back, gray underparts with a centrally placed large white stripe, and bright yellow-orange legs. Striated Heron often is encountered foraging alone in the dense vegetation along bodies of water. Striated Heron employs a great variety of foraging techniques to catch prey items such as fish, amphibians, insects and crustaceans.

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Recommended Citation

Striated Heron (Butorides striata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: