Birds A-Z

Squacco Heron

Ardeola ralloides


Cedric Mroczko, Xeno-canto


Key information: The Squacco Heron is a small stocky heron that passes through Cyprus during migration. A small number also breed here during the summer. It can be found at the wetlands of Cyprus usually hunched by the water’s edge. At rest, it appears light brown, but when it takes off it looks almost completely white, thanks to its white wings and tail.

Length: 40 – 49 cm

Habitat: Wetlands

When they can be seen: Autumn, spring, summer

What they eat: Invertebrates, fish

In Cyprus: Can be seen at wetlands such as Oroklini Lake, Akrotiri Marsh and Athalassa Park

Status: Passage migrant

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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