French: Héron flûte-du-soleil German: Pfeifreiher Spanish: Garza chiflona
Brazil and Paraguay
Subspecies and Distribution
S. s. fostersmithi
Friedmann, 1949 – E Colombia (NE from Meta) and N & C Venezuela (E to Monagas).
S. s. sibilatrix
(Temminck, 1824) – Bolivia to SE Brazil and NE Argentina (S to Buenos Aires).
50–64 cm; 370–546 g. Frequents drier habitats than many other sympatric species of herons. Crown dark to slate-black with several elongated plumes, tipped white... read more
A distinctive, far-carrying, melodious whistle, rendered “kee” or a well-spaced “kee, kee, kee”,... read more
One of the least aquatic of Ardeidae, normally occupies open, wet grasslands. In Argentina often... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly arthropods, including spiders, flying insects, mantis, dragonfly and beetle larvae, locusts, other invertebrates, earthworms, frogs... read more
Apr–Sept in N; varies with population in S, Sept–Jan in SE Brazil, peaks Jan in Uruguay. Displays include an aerial peformance... read more
Sedentary; some local movements, connected with variations in local conditions. N populations may... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common, but distribution patchy, although it appears to be spreading N across the Brazilian Cerrado and perhaps elsewhere in... read more
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