Striated Heron (species: Butorides striata) in Birds of Argentina (Gaia Guide)
Butorides striata
Striated Heron

©Luciano Marra: Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

©Bernard Dupont: Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

©Christophe and Mel Parenty: Grey morph
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Ciconiiformes
Family Ardeidae
Genus Butorides
Species Butorides striata
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Adults have a blue-grey back and wings, white underparts, a black cap and short yellow legs. Juveniles are browner above and streaked below. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 45 cm (Length of specimen)
  • Up to 49 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 60 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Their breeding habitat is small wetlands in the Old World tropics from west Africa to Japan and Australia, and in South America. (Wikipedia)


These birds stand still at the water's edge and wait to ambush prey. They mainly eat small fish, frogs and aquatic insects.

They sometimes use bait, dropping a feather or leaf carefully on the water surface and picking fish that come to investigate. (Wikipedia)

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