The squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides) is a small heron, 44–47 cm long, of which the body is 20–23 cm, with 80–92 cm wingspan.
It is an endangered species!
Lives in freshwater lakes and marshes, dams, fish farms and floodplain forests. During migrations, it is also found in coastal, dams, irrigation channels.
Incubates only in mixed colonies of herons, glossy ibis, spoonbills and little cormorants. The nests are located in cane or on willows and poplars.
Grows 4-5 small ones that start flying from the beginning of July. It feeds on small fish, frogs, aquatic insects.