Striated Heron

Butorides striata

Order

PELECANIFORMES

Family

Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (Ardeidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

BUTSTR

ITIS

Egg Color:

White-blue



Number of Eggs:

2 - 5



Incubation Days:

21 - 25



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

The nest is built in a bush or low tree, occasionally a sheltered spot on the ground, usually near water.



Nest Material:

Sticks



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Striated Heron: Small, stocky, gray heron with black cap extending onto nape, short black line from gape to below eye. Gray-black streaks on back, gray-black wings with gray edging to feathers. White throat and white and orange-brown streaks on front of breast. Yellow lores in front of orange-yellow eye. Medium, straight black bill with yellow base on mandible. Medium-length, broad wings. Short, square tail. Medium-length yellow legs and feet. Feeds on small fish, crustaceans, and insects.

Breeding and Nesting

Striated Heron: Two to five white-blue eggs are laid in a shallow, platform nest constructed with sticks. The nest is built in a bush or low tree, sometimes in a sheltered spot on the ground, usually near water. Incubation is carried out by both sexes for 21 to 25 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Striated Heron: Feeds on small fish, crustaceans, and insects. This heron forages by patiently waiting at the edge of water and then thrusting down with its bill to capture food items that come within range. It also places a leaf or other small object on the surface of the water to act as bait and attract small fish.

Vocalization

Striated Heron: Alarm call is either "skeow" or a repeated "ku ku ku."

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BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
GapeX
Also called commissure, it is the hinge where the mandibles meet.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X