|Green-backed Heron Butorides
(aka Striated Heron)
Brazilian name: socozinho
The Green-backed Heron is divided into about twenty subspecies spread across tropical and sub-tropical regions of the Americas, Africa and Asia.
The nominate subspecies, Butorides striata striata is the one to be found in South America and is often referred to as Striated Heron.
|It is small with short,
yellow legs and the South American subspecies has grey on the
sides of the head and the neck.
They feed mainly on fish and have been known to use a curious technique known as "baiting" whereby it will throw an insect onto the surface of the water in order to attract its prey.
|The third and fourth photos show juveniles with heavily streaked neck and whitish spots on the wings.|
|There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase.|
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