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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: Where to Book a galapagos Trip, Galápagos Health & Safety, Getting Around the Galapagos Islands, Nazca Booby, Spotted Eagle Ray, Swallow-Tailed Gull, Planning your Galapagos Trip, Parrot Fish, The Galápagos Fishing War and Introduced Species in Galapagos.








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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