January 12, 2016 – Capped Heron (Pilherodius pileatus)

These herons are found in northern and central South America, as far south as Paraguay. They eat fish, aquatic insects and their larvae, tadpoles, and frogs, hunting at the edge of pools and streams or picking insects from plants. Strongly territorial, they may frequent the same foraging areas for weeks, chasing other herons away from their preferred sites. Little is known about their breeding habits, though they probably lay two to four eggs and nest in low trees

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