Squacco Heron

Ardeola ralloides

Armenian Name: Դեղին տառեղ
Squacco Heron

See Plate 4 for Squacco Heron and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:44-47 cm, Wing Span:80-92 cm
Distribution Map: Map 17.
Description: Yellow-brown heron with short neck and legs; in flight, prominent white wings, rump, and tail contrast with darker back.
Adult (Breeding): Long black-and-yellowish striped head plumes, blue bill with black tip, and pink legs.
Adult (Non-breeding): Greenish bill and legs.
Juvenile: Lacks plumes; has streaked neck and upper breast, white wings blotched with brown, and a dull yellow bill with dark upper mandible.
Similar Species: In flight, differs from Cattle Egret by darker back and underparts.
Behavior: Forages alone, staying close to edge of vegetation. Often assumes hunched posture.
Habitat: Fish ponds, lakes, marshes.
Food: Small fish, amphibians, aquatic insects.
Nest: Colonial; shallow platform in reedbeds.
Eggs: 39 mm, 4-6, deep blue.