URBAN BIRDS OF THE PARKS, GARDENS, AND SOURROUNDING AREAS OF LOJA CITY. BOOK PUBLISHED IN 2009, WITH 44 COMMON SPECIES ILLUSTRATED BY PABLO ANDRADE. WORK SUPPORTED BY JAN HINLOOPEN
Birds Loja City. Striated Heron. Butorides striata.
38 – 43 cm (15-17″).
Birds Loja City. Striated Heron. Butorides striata. Widespread and numerous in a variety of fresh water habitats in lowlands – along rivers, ponds and lakes, in marshes and rice fields, etc. with smaller numbers in saltwater habitats (specially in mangroves) and up into central valley, at least in north.
Iris yellow (more orange when breeding), loral skin yellow; bill blackish with yellow at base of mandible (all black when breeding), rather short legs yellowish (reddish orange when breeding). Adult has crown and shaggy erectile crest black; otherwise greenish black above, wing coverts edge buff, tail black. Sides of head, neck, and chest gray, with white brown bordered stripe from throat down middle of foreneck; lower underparts grayish. Juvenile like adult but crowned streaked rufous, browner upperparts, whitish underparts striped with brown. Birds Loja City. Striated Heron. Butorides striata.
Normally more or less solitary, though in some areas this species is so numerous that it appears to be in small flocks. Generally hunts by standing or crouching on a perch just out of water, not actually wading.
Flushed birds often flush with a characteristic abrupt and complaining “kyow!”: also has other clucking calls.
In Loja we can find it in some ponds located around the city like in the pond of Jipiro.
Information taken from the book Birds Of Ecuador of Robert Ridgely and Paul Greenfield.