Whistling Heron Syrigma sibilatrix

  • Order: Pelecaniformes
  • Family: Ardeidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Sam Dean

Diet and Foraging


Whistling Heron is among the more insectivorous of the herons (Sick 1993). They have been observed eating grasshoppers, dragonfly larvae, walkingsticks, earthwarms, flying insects, carabid beetles, spiders, caterpillars, and locusts, as well as small vertebrates such as frogs, tadpoles, and eels (Kushlan et al. 1982).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Dean, S. (2012). Whistling Heron (Syrigma sibilatrix), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.whiher1.01