Provence bird: the squacco heron

Description of the squacco heron

  • The squacco heron is a small heron.
  • When at rest or in flight, it bends its neck into an “S” shape.
  • Its long beak enables it to catch fish or frogs and toads. It lives near water.

Scientific classification of the squacco heron

  • Domain: BIOTA
  • Kingdom: ANIMALIA
  • Phylum: CHORDATA
  • Class: AVES
  • Order: PELECANIFORMES
  • Family: ARDEIDAE
  • Genus: ARDEOLA
  • Species: ARDEOLA RALLOIDES