(Little Heron usually rest on a branch near to water)
Size(44-45cm): It is smaller than the previous Herons.
Area: All India except Himalayas.
Habitat: It can be found in marshes, ponds, lakes and riversides.
My two words: It is a grey and metallic-green bird. They have bluish-grey back and dark green-black crown and forehead. Like the other Herons the crown continues to form a short crest. The throat, chin and middle of throat. The underparts are grey-white. The juveniles tend to be browner above with streaking below.
Like other Herons, it is also quite shy and sits patiently on a low branch near water. Rarely climbs up tree branches.
Little Heron is mostly solitary. It lays 3-5 soft blue eggs. The nest is built near water and not too far high on the ground.
(Little Heron high above on a tree)
They mostly feed on fish and frogs but can get to insects as well.
(Little Heron is a very shy bird)
They are nocturnal, meaning that they are more active during the night as compared to the day.
Little Heron is an easy-to-spot Heron. It is known by many names across the globe- Striated Heron, Green-Backed Heron, Mangrove Heron and of course the Little Heron.