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The Squacco Heron is a small heron 40-49 cm long with a 82-95 cm wingspan. It breeds in southern Europe and the greater Middle East and winters in Africa. It has a short neck, short thick bill and is tawny buff brown in colour with a streaked head, crest, and back, and light belly. In summer, adults have long neck feathers as can be seen on this image. Its appearance is transformed in flight, when it looks very white due to the colour of the wings.
Their breeding habitat is marshy wetlands in warm countries. They nest in small colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs and feed on fish, frogs and insects.
Photographed on a small lake near Kalloni on the Greek Island of Lesvos.