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
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