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Striated Heron

The Striated Heron (Butorides striatus), also known in some parts of the world as the Little Heron, is a fairly common sight in Galápagos tidal pools, mangroves, ponds and rocky shores. Similar in size to a Lava Heron, the Striated Heron is also rocky gray in color. They can be easily differentiated, however. The Lava Heron’s coloring is uniform, whereas the Striated Heron has a black crown and dappled wing feathers.

Striated Herons are common around the world, from Japan to South America, Africa and Russia.  They usually perch on a branch or rock near the water’s edge, head back, waiting for a small fish or crustaceans to swim by. They then lunge forward, trapping their prey in their sharp beak and quickly gobbling it. The Striated Heron is a clever bird, occasionally dropping a leaf into the water and snapping up fish that come to look at it.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to The Galápagos Islands: Shore Birds - Galapagos, Parrot Fish, Galápagos Wildlife Guide, Post Office Bay Visitor Site, Buccaneer Cove, Herons and Egrets in the Galapagos, The Galápagos Fishing War, Sharks in the Galápagos, Tourism in Mainland Ecuador and Land Iguana.

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
29 Mar 2007

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