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Lava/Galapagos Heron

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.

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d_imbernon 8 years ago
Lava/Galapagos Heron
Butorides striatus sundevalli Green-backed Heron (Butorides striatus) | the Internet Bird Collection

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Spotted on Mar 25, 2012
Submitted on Aug 21, 2012

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