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FAMILY BIRDS

Ardeidae

Herons, although in Manú not all members possess the heron’s distinctive S-shaped neck. Species tend to have a distinctive long bill, their other features are highly varied between species.

 


 Capped Heron

Pilherodius pileatus

Capped Heron

Capped Heron

Appearance:

  • Adult male has pale plumage overall, except on the head.
  • Head is conspicuous with black crown and greyish-white forehead.
  • Back, wings and tail are pale grey. Underparts are creamy white.
  • In the breeding season, the plumage, wings, breast and neck are darker, washed buff.
  • The long pointed bill is blue-grey at the base with paler grey or yellowish tip.
  • It is 56 to 59cm long and weighs 500 to 550g.

Behaviour:

  • It feeds standing motionless in shallow water, or walking slowly along the water edge in ponds, streams and pools.
  • The head moves from side to side, watching for prey.
  • The victim is caught with the bill, sometimes impaled by jabbing.

Voice:

  • It is usually quiet. Calls are described as muffled hoots.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • It feeds during the day.
  • It is wary and quick to flush.
  • It may be seen in small groups of up to 12 in swampy wooded areas, and may roost in open bare trees.
  • See them near rivers and at oxbow lakes.

 


Cocoi Heron

Ardea cocoi

Cocoi Heron

Cocoi Heron

Appearance:

  • Distinctive, with an all-black cap and a white neck.
  • The breast has white plumes, the back and wings are grey, the thighs white.
  • The lower underparts are black.
  • In the breeding season the cap has long, black plumes tipped with white, the beak is bright yellow.
  • Outside of the breeding season, the beak is a duller yellow, with a blackish base,.
  • It can be 95 to 127cm long, and weigh 1.5 to 2kg.

Behaviour:

  • Occupies a large range of habitats where there is water.
  • It forages for fish, frogs, and similarly-sized animals by standing or walking slowly near or in shallow water.
  • Usually solitary, it may sometimes join large, mixed-species groups to feed, particularly during the dry season.
  • It may even steal prey from other species at these times.

Voice:

  • Low croaking sounds.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • Forages in the open so can be easy to see.
  • Easily seen by the river banks.

 


Rufescent Tiger Heron

Tigrisoma lineatum

Rufescent Tiger Heron

Rufescent Tiger Heron

Appearance:

  • Red-brown head, neck and chest.
  • A white line runs along the centre of the chest to the white underparts.
  • Back and wings are greyish-brown and barred.
  • Beak is short and dark.
  • It is about 65 to 75cm long and weighs about 800g.

Behaviour:

  • Reclusive, and little is known of its breeding behaviour.
  • Feeds on fish, invertebrates, small vertebrates and insects.

Voice:

  • Call is a mooing sound.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • It is active at dusk or early night.
  • To hunt it stands still along sluggish streams and backwater swamps.
  • Nest is a platform of sticks, made quite high up in trees.
  • Spot them feeding near oxbow lakes.

 


Fasciated Tiger Heron

Tigrisoma fasciatum

Fasciated Tiger Heron

Fasciated Tiger Heron

Appearance:

  • Crown is black. Top of the head is flat and slatey.
  • Body appears overall dark at a distance, but it has a fine pattern of stripes and bars.
  • The neck and upper breast has a vertical brown stripe bordered by white or buff plumage.
  • Face has yellow markings.
  • Beak is short and black.
  • It is about 64cm long and weighs about 850g.

Behaviour:

  • Forest dweller.
  • Little is known of its feeding habits. Diet probably consists of fish and insects.
  • Solitary and generally shy, it will fly away when startled.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • Try spotting it near viewing observation towers or near oxbow lakes.

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