French: Héron coiffé German: Kappenreiher Spanish: Garza capirotada
Basins of Amazon and Orinoco, ranging from E Panama E through the Guianas to E Brazil (S to Santa Catarina), and S through E Ecuador to S Bolivia, Paraguay, and N Argentina (where status unclear).
51–61 cm; 518–591 g. Back and wings pale pearl-grey to variable extent; neck, breast and wings washed pale buff during breeding, with neat black crown and up to... read more
Most frequently heard vocalization is a “woop, woop, woo”, given by pairs in contact, as well as a... read more
Forested swamps and mangroves, usually near rivers, streams or small pools, especially along muddy... read more
Food and feeding
Small fish, generally less than 5 cm-long, aquatic insects (including their larvae), frogs and tadpoles. Diurnal, passive feeder; captures... read more
Very little known. In Venezuela, birds in breeding condition taken in early Mar. Stick nest placed low in trees. Details from captive... read more
Sedentary, although sometimes considered to be present only seasonally in Darién (E Panama)... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Poorly known; thinly but widely distributed and evidently scarce, e.g. rare to uncommon in E Panama; uncommon in Brazil (especially... read more
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