Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

Order: Pelecaniformes | Family: Ardeidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Villa Marshes, Lima

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northwest Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northwest Peru

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Loreto, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~40.5 cm (16 in). The Striated Heron is bluish-gray with a black cap, scalloped effect on the wings, and a white and rufous streak running down the front of the neck and breast. Their legs are reddish during the breeding season. The Striated Heron forages for fish at edges of bodies of water. It is similar to the Least Bittern, but it is distinguished by lacking the extensive black back, and by being grayish-blue overall.

Status: The Striated Heron is common and widespread in coastal wetlands and eastern Amazonian lowlands. It generally ranges below 1000 m along the foothill of both sides of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, Bo, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Garcita Estriada o Garza Tamanquita.

Sub-species: Striated Heron (Butorides striata striata) Linnaeus, 1758.

Meaning of Name: Butorides: Gr. Butor= bittern and ides= similar, like. striata: L. striatus= band, stripe.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.