Squacco Heron

Ardeola ralloides (Scopoli, 1769) QH SQUHE 1080
Family: Pelecaniformes > Ardeidae

Squacco Heron, Philip Croft

British records of this small and skulking heron, which is widely distributed throughout Europe, are increasing markedly. Although it can be recorded in any month, most records come from the spring. It remains a very rare bird in Ireland.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
1.4k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1.4k records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This scarce visitor is too rarely reported to map distribution.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


This scarce visitor is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Squacco Heron is a rare summer overshoot and occasional vagrant in autumn.

Weekly occurence of Squacco Heron from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Squacco Heron, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Crëyr Melyn
Catalan: martinet ros comú
Czech: volavka vlasatá
Danish: Tophejre
Dutch: Ralreiger
Estonian: koldhaigur e. tiigihaigur
Finnish: rääkkähaikara
French: Crabier chevelu
German: Rallenreiher
Hungarian: üstökösgém
Icelandic: Relluhegri
Irish: Corr Scréachach
Italian: Sgarza ciuffetto
Latvian: dzeltenais garnis
Lithuanian: geltonasis kudrinis garnys
Norwegian: Topphegre
Polish: czapla modronosa
Portuguese: garça-caranguejeira / papa-ratos
Slovak: caplicka vlasatá
Slovenian: copasta caplja
Spanish: Garcilla cangrejera
Swedish: rallhäger

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