SQUACCO HERON, ARDEOLA RALLOIDES, CZAPLA MODRONOSA

The squacco heron, Ardeola ralloides.

Measures:

44–47 cm (17–19 in) long, of which the body is 20–23 cm (7.9–9.1 in),

wingspan 80–92 cm (31–36 in).

Squacco heron is a stocky bird with a short neck, short thick bill and buff-brown back. In summer, adults have long neck feathers. Its appearance is transformed in flight, when it looks very white due to the colour of the wings.

The squacco heron’s breeding habitat is marshy wetlands in warm countries. The birds nest in small colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. They feed on fish, frogs and insects.

SQUACCO HERON, ARDEOLA RALLOIDES, CZAPLA MODRONOSA

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