This wetland bird stands motionless in the water and strikes at prey as they obliviously swim past.
Description: The Pied Heron has a blue-black crest and body with white cheeks and neck and yellow beak and legs. Immature herons are brown or blue from the top with no crest.
Diet: The Pied Heron is a carnivore and eats insects, frogs, crabs, fish, crustaceans and insects. It pecks swiftly at vegetation while moving along the shore in an attempt to catch its prey.
Breeding: For their nests, the Pied Heron finds a tree and builds a platform of sticks in a tree near water. It lays blue-green eggs and nests in large colonies mixed with egrets and Little Pied Cormorants.
Threats: The Pied Heron has a very large range and population size, however, habitat destruction is a threat.
Did you Know?
Pied Herons may feed alone or in a group of up to 1,000 individuals.