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Squacco Heron
Ardeola ralloides

Map of the common names

Description

Little heron (L 40 cm). In flight predominantly white, a surprising transformatiom since a golden-ochre on ground. Commom but seldom abundant in well-vegetated wetlands, also found on deltas, estuaries and rivers. Nests in trees, often with other herons. Frogs are a preferred prey, with freshwater fish and insects also taken. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The EU's population is estimated about 1,800-2,000 breeding pairs. The greatest threats are the loss and deterioration of breeding and feeding habitats as well as disturbance at colonies.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : 900 / 2,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

 

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