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Butorides striatus sundevalli
Spotted in Galapagos. The Lava Heron also known as the Galapagos Heron, is a species of heron endemic to the Galapagos Islands. The adult is slate-grey, which helps it blend in with the hardened lava. The back feathers typically have a silvery sheen and it has a short crest on its head. When breeding, the heron has a black beak and bright orange legs, but they fade to grey after the breeding season.
The Lava Heron stalks small crabs and fish slowly before quickly spearing and eating them.