Birds of Colombia

HERONS | GARZAS

order: PELECANIFORMEs

FAMILY: ARDEIDAE

Patient while hunting and can wait for hours for a prey to pass by. Long necks. Elegant and graceful birds. Live near water others near cattle. Fly with their necks in an ‘s’ shape that makes them different from other similar birds that fly with their necks extended.

Pueden esperar varias horas en posición para atrapar su presa. Son grandes, elegantes y vistosas. Viven cerca del agua y algunos cerca del ganado. Cuando vuelan sus cuellos adoptan una forma de ‘s’ lo que las distingue de otras aves similares que vuelan con su cuello extendido. 

LITTLE BLUE HERON

Name in Spanish: Garza azul

Size/Tamaño: 25 in | 62 cm 
Location: All of the country
Altura: < 2800 m 
Status: Non endangered


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Little blue heron

Egretta caerulea

Male   ♂︎

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Egretta caerulea

GREAT BLUE HERON

Name in Spanish: Garza migratoria o Garzón azulado

Size/Tamaño: 49 in | 125 cm 
Status: Non endangered
Location: Costa Atlántica 
Altura:  <2600m 
Notes: 


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Great blue heron

Ardea herodias

Male   ♂︎

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Ardea herodias

SNOWY EGRET

Name in Spanish: Garza de los dedos dorados

Size/Tamaño: 25 in | 62 cm 
Location: All of the country  
Altura : <2800 m

Status: Non endangered 



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Snowy egret

Egretta thula

Male   ♂︎

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Egretta thula

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Egretta thula

GREAT EGRET

Name in Spanish: Garza real

Size/Tamaño: 40 in | 100 cm 
Location: In all of the country
Altura: <2800 m
Status: Non endangered


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Snowy egret

Ardea alba

Male   ♂︎

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Ardea alba

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Ardea alba

CAPPED HERON

Name in Spanish: Garza pileada

Size/Tamaño: 21 in | 52 cm 
Location: In the east side of the country as well as some parts in the north.
Altura: <2600 m
Status: Non endangered


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Capped heron

Pilherodius pileatus

Male   ♂︎

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Pilherodius pileatus

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Capped heron

STRIATED HERON

Name in Spanish: Garcita Rayada

Size/Tamaño: 19 in | 48 cm 
Location: In the east side of the country as well as the Andes mountains and north of Colombia
Altura: <3000 m
Status: Non endangered


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Capped heron

Butorides striata

Male   ♂︎

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Butorides striata

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CATTLE EGRET

Name in Spanish: Garza real

Size/Tamaño: 40 in | 100 cm 
Location: In all of the country
Altura: <2800 m
Status: Non endangered


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Snowy egret

Bubulcus ibis

Male   ♂︎

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BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT HERON

Name in Spanish: Guaco Común, Martinete Común

Size/Tamaño: 24 in | 60 cm 
Location: In the north of Colombia and the eastern part of the country and in the higlands
Altura: <2600 m
Status: Non endangered


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black-crowned-night-heron, guaco comun, nycticorax nycticorax

Nycticorax nycticorax

Male   ♂︎

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Species of the Ardeidae to photograph 
Species de la familia Ardeidae por fotografiar

Scientific
Name
Name in
Spanish
Name in
English
Botaurus pinnatus Avetoro Pinnated Bittern
Zebrilus undulatus Avetigre Enana Zigzag Heron
Ixobrychus exilis Avetorillo Bicolor Least Bittern
Ixobrychus involucris Avetorillo Estriado Stripe-backed Bittern
Tigrisoma lineatum Vaco Colorado Rufescent Tiger-Heron
Tigrisoma fasciatum Vaco Cabecinegro Fasciated Tiger-Heron
Tigrisoma mexicanum Vaco Mejicano Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
Zebrilus undulatus Garza Zigzag Zigzag Heron
Ardea cocoi Garzón Azul Cocoi Heron
Egretta tricolor Garza Tricolor Tricolored Heron
Egretta rufescens Garza Rojiza Reddish Egret
Butorides virescens Garcita Verde Green Heron
Agami agami Garza Agamí Agami Heron
Syrigma sibilatrix Garza Silbadora Whistling Heron
NyctSpatulasa violacea Guaco Manglero Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Cochlearius cochlearius Garza Cucharón Boat-billed Heron