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Aplomado Falcon Steals Prey From Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) Science Article 2 abstract A juvenile male Aplomado Falcon (Falcofemoralis) was observed to steal crayfish(Cambarus diogenes) from Little Blue Herons (Egretta caerulea). Crayfish are not known tobe a common prey item of the Aplomado Falcon. To our knowledge this is the first instanceof piracy reported for this falcon. Falcons of […]

Predation as a selective force on foraging herons: effects of plumage color and flocking

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) Science Article 6 abstract Experiments using model herons in natural mangrove habitats demonstrated that more hawks are attracted to white than to blue herons. Both Common Black-Hawks (Buteogalluas nthracinus) and crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) were observed preying on adult herons in Panama. Solitary herons were at greater risk than flocked foragers. […]

Notes on the plumages and generic status of the Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) Science Article 3 abstract The juvenal plumage of the Little Blue Heron (Florida caerulea) has always been described as white with dull brownish gray tips to the primaries (Palmer, 1962: 428, and earlier authors). In September 1962, when Dickermanw as collectingb lood specimensfr om nestling h rons in a large […]

Influence of plumage colour on prey response:does habitat alter heron crypsis to prey?

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) Science Article 5 abstract The foraging strategies of wading birds may be influenced by their degree of crypsis to aquatic prey. Whiteplumage has been hypothesized to be adaptive for herons hunting in open water habitats. We tested thishypothesis with laboratory and field experiments with multiple prey species.We investigated the responseof […]

Breeding biology of the little blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) in southeastern Brazil.

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) Science Article 1 abstract The breeding biology of Little Blue Herons (Egretta caerulea) nesting in Santos-Cubatao, southeastern Brazil, was studied during the 1997 (75 monitored nests) and 1998 (65 nests) breeding seasons in one colony (Saboo River), and during the 1997 season (58 nests) in another colony nearby (Morrao River). […]

Stationary underwater prey missed by reef herons, Egretta gularis: head position and light refraction at the moment of strike

Western Reef Heron (Egretta gularis) Science Article 2 abstract This paper attempts to verify the importance of spatial positioning of the eyes of reef herons Egretta gularis schistacea, when coping with light refraction at the air-water interface. Gadi Katzir et al, J Comp Physiol A (1989) 165:573-576 Download article download full text (pdf)

Western Reef-Heron Egretta gularis in Brazil (Ciconiiformes: Ardeidae)

Western Reef Heron (Egretta gularis) Science Article 5 abstract The Western Reef-Heron Egretta gularis is a polytypic species with discontinuous tropical range along West (nominate subspecies) and East Africa to the Red Sea, Persian Gulf and southwest India (E. g. schistacea). In West Africa, it breeds locally on coasts and offshore islands, from Mauritania Carmem […]

First confirmed record of Western Reef-Heron (Egretta gularis) for South America

Western Reef Heron (Egretta gularis) Science Article 4 abstract At 3 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY, January 22, 1986, a group of 15 people on a birding tour of Trinidad observed a medium-sized, dark heron land and begin feeding in the ‘Pumpkin Patch’ area of southern Nariva Swamp. William L. Murphy and Winston Nanan, Am. Birds 41(1):16-27 […]